Farmers and producers in Canada are critical to the agricultural and agri-food sector’s innovation and long-term viability. Canada has joined the Sustainable Productivity Growth (SPG) for Food Security and Resource Conservation Coalition as part of the Canadian government’s approach to working in collaboration with international partners to mitigate the risks of climate change.
They also want to create conditions for industry to remain competitive globally.
Canada has joined over 15 countries, as well as dozens of academic institutions, foundations, and business sector associations, in signing the SPG, which is led by the United States, as a result of the United Nations Food Systems Summit, which took place in September 2021.
The group will collaborate to create measures aimed at hastening the transition to more sustainable food systems by increasing agricultural production. Ideas that optimise sustainability across social, economic and environmental dimensions, including all aspects of agriculture, will guide its activities.
Global platform will accelerate growth
“The SPG Coalition aims to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems through agricultural productivity growth that optimises agricultural sustainability across social, economic and environmental dimensions. The SPG Coalition is open to all sectors of agriculture, including crops, livestock, poultry and aquaculture,” the coalition’s official website reads.
“It is intended to motivate within each sector – and across sectors – the acceleration of sustainable productivity growth that considers impacts and tradeoffs among multiple objectives, including, but not limited to, food security, food safety, food affordability, diet quality, farmer income, farm worker income and wellbeing, food loss and waste, resource conservation, biodiversity, and climate change mitigation. Efforts could build on and extend international and country specific sustainability frameworks and best practices,” stated the website.
Collaboration with coalition members will give Canada a worldwide platform to advocate for research, develop discoveries and technology, and help our agriculture and agri-food sector grow more productively, according to iPolitics.
Farmers in Canada have traditionally been effective land stewards, with a proven track record of sustainable agriculture, sound management methods, and the adoption of innovative practices and technologies.