"As a founding member of the IFAD, Canada has long been an important partner for the fund." said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the IFAD. "Our partnership is based upon shared priorities and approaches to achieving global food and nutrition security, from enabling poor smallholder farmers to have improved access to financial services and markets, to helping them adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. In addition, we both recognize the distinct and critical role played by women in all aspects of food production and rural life."
Canada continues to be a leader in advancing the global food security and nutrition agenda, including the need to adapt agricultural practices and inputs. Economic Action Plan 2013 affirms Canada's commitment to international development investments including those aimed at increasing food security and nutrition. The new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development will also maintain the mandate of poverty alleviation and help achieve greater efficiency, accountability, and focus to continue to improve the lives of people in need around the world.
Minister Fantino held a round table on global food security and nutrition, and engagement in private sector partnerships. The participants included:
-- Ambassador James Fox, Ambassador to Italy, and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Food and Agriculture Agencies of the United Nations, co-host of the meeting-- Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)-- Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-- Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)-- H. E. David Lane, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Nations Agencies in Rome-- Dr. Yaya Olaniran, Chair, Committee on World Food Security; Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the FAO
Canada and the World Food Programme
Canada has been a long-standing partner of the WFP. In 2012, Canada was the third-largest overall donor and the second-largest single-country donor to the WFP. Canada supported the creation of the WFP in 1961, and has been supporting its mission consistently over the past fifty years. Each year, Canada responds generously to appeals issued by the WFP. As such, Canada is providing over $96 million to the WFP in response to its 2013 appeals to meet the urgent needs of millions of people in humanitarian crises and situations of food insecurity in such countries as Somalia, Niger, and Yemen.
Canada is also providing $14 million to the WFP for the Djibouti Humanitarian Logistics Base. The Djibouti logistics hub will consist of 40,000 tonnes of high-quality silo storage capacity, 25,000 tonnes of traditional bagged food storage, 2,500 m2 of non-food item storage, and a 200-unit container yard. The hub will allow for faster delivery times for food assistance to reach beneficiaries in Ethiopia and other countries, including Sudan and South Sudan, Kenya, and Somalia.
Canada and the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Canada is a founding member of the IFAD. As of January 2012, Canada was the third-largest contributor to the IFAD. Since 1978, the IFAD has empowered more than 400 million people to grow more food, better manage their land and other natural resources, learn new skills, start small businesses, build strong organizations, and gain a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
Canada is providing $75 million in support for the IFAD (2013-2015). This funding will help increase access by the rural poor to agricultural technologies, financial services, markets, land, and other natural resources to improve food security and nutrition. It will also help increase the adoption of renewable energy sources at the farm and community levels, and low-cost technologies to help smallholder farmers improve their productivity and increase their resilience to economic and weather-related shocks that can affect their livelihoods.
The IFAD's Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) also received $19.9 million to help poor rural smallholder farming communities withstand the effects of climate change and weather-related disasters. It supports the creation and sharing of knowledge, approaches and practices related to climate change adaptation. Canada's support to the ASAP will help farmers reduce their crop-yield losses, gain increased access to water supplies, use water resources more efficiently, and build individual and community-level capacity to adapt to climate change.
Canada and the Food and Agriculture Organization
Canada is a key partner of the FAO in the fight to end hunger and malnutrition. Thanks to timely contributions from the Government of Canada, including extra-budgetary support, FAO has been able to respond rapidly to agricultural threats and emergencies around the globe, helping farmers, pastoralists, and fishers get back on their feet as quickly as possible while working to ensure long-term food and nutrition security. This has included support to:
-- Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Honduras for programs to rebuild livelihoods and develop long-term food security;-- South Sudan to provide young men and women with tools and training to start a new life in farming, rearing livestock, and fishing;-- West Bank and Gaza to strengthen the governments' response to animal disease outbreaks; and-- Pakistan to provide seeds and tools following the 2010 floods.
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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