Support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Good Soil Campaign

Please see the attachment for Hélène's letter to International Development Minister Christian Paradis in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank's Good Soil Campaign!

 

Ottawa, April 29, 2015

 

The Honourable Christian Paradis

Minister of International Development

 

Re: Support for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Good Soil Campaign

Dear Minister,

I am writing to encourage you to support the Good Soil Campaign, recently launched by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), an organization dedicated to ending world hunger.

The Good Soil Campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for long-term, sustained support for small-scale farmers as an effective approach to ending hunger and promoting prosperity.  There are 1.5 billion small-scale farmers in developing countries, many of them women. Small-scale producers provide up to 80% of the food supply in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Although they produce food, many small-scale farmers experience hunger, due to issues such as degraded soils, climate change, and inaccessible markets. Good investments in development can change this.

Between 2008 and 2011, Canada provided, on average, $450 million per year to international agricultural aid. Despite our continued focus on areas like nutrition and food assistance, Canada’s funding for agriculture has decreased significantly since 2011, even though the best way to fight hunger is to ensure that people are able to feed themselves. Through the Good Soil Campaign, CFGB is asking the Canadian government to reinvest in aid for agriculture, back up to Canada’s previous level of $450 million/year.

Minister, given that agricultural development presents a holistic and long-term approach to providing effective aid to the world’s poorest, I believe that targeted support for small-scale farmers is a smart investment of Canadian aid.  I hope that you will take the time to learn about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Good Soil Campaign and consider increasing Canada’s contributions in agricultural development.

 

Sincerely,

 

Hélène Laverdière

MP for Laurier - Sainte-Marie,

Official Opposition Critic International Development