Canada Needs to Revamp Global Food Security Strategy

Canada Needs to Revamp Global Food Security Strategy

February 15, 2016


An article by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development.

“Steep jumps in food prices in recent months should remind us in Canada of the imperative to ensure people’s right to adequate food around the world — something the new Liberal government can help do by refreshing Canada’s 2009 Food Security Strategy.

The University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household paid $325 more at the grocery checkout last year and projects that food bills will grow by another $345 in 2016. Climate change will only multiply current vulnerabilities.

The deflated loonie and a marathon drought in California are mostly to blame for the jump in food prices here in Canada. Meanwhile the same forces — economic and climate instability — threaten to keep an estimated 795 million people hungry around the world.”

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