MEDA Advocates for Canadian government to invest in agriculture to advance gender equality

Agric Policy Advocacy

July 16, 2020, Waterloo, ON – MEDA is proud to announce the publication of a new study commissioned by the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG). The FSPG chose to include MEDA’s Ghana GROW (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women) project to showcase how inclusive agricultural programming creates a more gender equitable world. As part of this policy group, MEDA contributed project learnings to the FSPG case studies which showcased how well-planned, inclusive agricultural development projects can not only improve food security and livelihoods, but also empower women and girls, and improve climate resilience.

Leaders in the Field: A case for investing in inclusive, resilient food systems provides evidence that Canada’s support for investments in agriculture are declining—this at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed focus on international vulnerabilities and the need to work towards resilient communities everywhere.

In 2019, the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) commissioned six case studies to understand how Canadian investments in agriculture support sustainable development outcomes in West Africa. The six projects selected for study were implemented by Canadian civil society organizations like MEDA, and funded in part by Global Affairs Canada.

In 2017 the Canadian government promised to invest in gender equality. New research shows that investing in agriculture in developing countries can contribute to gender equality, empowering women and men and contributing to stronger communities.

Join us as we advocate for the Canadian government’s continued support for agricultural development programming. Share with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Karina Gould, our Minister of International Development, why it is important that we increase aid for agriculture.

For more information about the research conducted by the FSPG, read the full report in English or French.

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