Canadian Food Security Policy Group

Through the FSPG, CCIC examines the impact of international trade rules in developing countries.

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Canadian Food Security Policy Group

The FSPG formed after the 1996 World Summit on Food Security, bringing together Canadian international development and humanitarian agencies, farmers’ organizations and human rights groups who have worked for decades in sectors related to enhancing sustainable agriculture and food security in developing countries and Canada.

It has 23 members (including CCIC). In the early days, the coalition focused largely on two streams of work: ensuring the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture did not negatively affect food security in developing countries where agriculture is crucial for the livelihoods of poor people; and on untying food aid and encouraging Canada to use its aid dollars to support smallholder farms and promote sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods.

The FSPG has been successful in influencing CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), which is now part of DFATD (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development), especially in adopting and shaping the Food Security Strategy, which is a priority theme of Canada’s aid program. The FSPG has also engaged with Agriculture Canada, especially on the impact of Canada’s agricultural trade policies on international development.   

More recently, the FSPG has looked at the nexus between climate change adaptation, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods, the issue of resilience in the context of smallholder agriculture and the growing pandemic of global land grabs.

Contact FSPG Co-Chairs:
Pierre Kadet, CARE Canada:
Paul Hagerman, Canadian Foodgrains Bank:




A critical look at the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) in Senegal (Mai 2017) (PDF 368 kb)

“Canada’s support for the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) in Senegal has demonstrated that this model of public-private partnership is not necessarily the most effective way to meet development goals. This is according to research conducted in Senegal and Canada by the Canadian Food Security Policy Groupi (FSPG).”

The full report is available here in French and English.


Agenda for Food Security and Resilience (April 2016) (PDF 1.27 Mb)

“The Canadian Food Security Policy Group has formulated recommendations by which Canada can demonstrate global leadership in food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. Our recommendations are based on our understanding that food insecurity is caused by many factors.”


SHORT VERSION: Canadian Aid for a Food Secure World (May 2015) (PDF 642 KB)

LONG VERSION: Recommitting to Global Food Security 2015 (May 2015) (PDF 248)

Twenty-four international development agencies call on government to rectify serious under-funding of agriculture in Canada’s aid program and to address key threats to food security.


Fertile Ground? Assessing CIDA’s investments in food and farming (July 2013) (PDF 1.1 Mb)

The Food Security Policy Group (a coalition of CCIC and other development organizations) assessed CIDA’s work in food and agriculture since the Food Security Strategy began in 2009. The report is available in both languages. The Fertile Ground report is based on four background studies:  country studies  in Ethiopia and Honduras, a report on statistics and a report on international dimensions. All four are summarized in the synthesis paper.    

Canada and the global land rush (April 2013) (PDF 674 Kb)

Analysis of Canadian involvement in large-scale agricultural land acquisition in the Southern Hemisphere Written by Jasmine Bélanger-Gulick for the Canadian Food Security Policy Group.


Discussion paper: Strengthening Canada's contribution to global food security:learning from Canadian civil society's field experiences. (May 2011) (PDF 269 Kb)

Policy Brief: A Comprehensive National Food Policy: Strengthening Canada's Place in the World (November 2010) PDF 245 kb

Policy Brief: Building an Effective Canadian Food Strategy (September 2009) (PDF 119 Kb)

Letter to the Prime Minister on a whole-of-government strategy to address the global food crisis (March 2009) (PDF 37 Kb)

Pathways to Resilience: A Food Security Policy Group Discussion Paper – This document is the result of our efforts to collectively examine how the work of our partners in the South might inform Canada's response to the Global Food Crisis in a way that acknowledges the central role of smallholder agriculture and its long-term sustainability and resilience. A series of seven case studies is now available to accompany this discussion paper. (November 2008) (PDF 282 Kb)

The accompanying case studies have been prepared by individual members of the FSPG: 

  • Honduras – Growing Resilience: Seeds, Knowledge and Diversity in Honduras (USC Canada) 
  • India – Deccan Development Society: Alternative Public Distribution System (Inter Pares) 
  • Zambia – Integrated Food Security in Zambia: building paths towards resilience (CARE Canada) 
  • Malawi – Nurturing Soils, Crops and Communities (Canadian Foodgrains Bank) 
  • Kenya – Sand Dams in Kenya (Mennonite Central Committee) 
  • Nigeria – Climate Change Adaptation Goes Soap (Farm Radio International)

Policy Brief:  Canada and the Global Food Crisis (November 2008) (PDF 33 Kb)

Effective Aid for Small Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa: Southern Civil Society Perspectives.
In mid-2006, the Canadian Food Security Policy Group sponsored a series of independent research studies of priorities for aid to agriculture and the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) bilateral supported initiatives in agriculture and rural development in three Sub-Saharan African countries -- Ethiopia, Ghana and Mozambique. The purpose of this research was to inform a dialogue in Canada on increasing the amount and effectiveness of CIDA's aid for agriculture in reducing poverty.

Making the Doha Development Agenda Win-Win for Farmers in Canada and the South – Canadian Food Security Policy Group letter to the Honourable James Peterson, Minister for International Trade (June 2005) (2 Mb)

Sustainable Farm Livelihoods Conference Report now available – Report of the May 2005 conference and learning exchange "Sustainable Farm Livelihoods North and South – Policy Options Under Threat at the WTO". (May 12-18, 2005) (PDF 143 Kb)

Principles for International Agricultural Trade Rules and Joint Demands for the Doha Agenda-- Joint Declaration from Sustainable Farm Livelihoods, North and South – Policy Options under Threat at the WTO, a Roundtable and Learning Exchange. 
(May 18, 2005)


Taking the Heat: African Farmers and Climate Change

What is the human face of climate change in Africa? How are small scale farmers adapting to changes in the climate? What solutions can Africans offer? How might Canadians learn from and assist these communities? The "Taking the Heat" videos address these questions.

The videos come out of a series of events with Southern partners, elected officials, policy-makers and the Canadian public. The "Taking the Heat" videos were produced by the Canadian Coalition for Climate Change and Development and the Canadian Food Security Policy Group.

Check out the videos.

Taking the Heat – Part 1



Taking the Heat – Part 2

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