Good Soil is a campaign through Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its members, to advocate that the Canadian government increase its support for small-scale agriculture in Canada’s international aid programs.
Investing in agriculture in developing countries, especially small-scale agriculture, delivers many benefits. It is effective in reducing poverty and overcoming hunger, and contributing to a fairer world.
Canada has a history of being a strong supporter of agricultural development. However, Canada’s aid budget for agricultural development has been steadily declining over the past few years.
Small-scale farmers make up the vast majority of farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and many are women. Even though they are food producers, many deal with degraded soils, uncertain climate, and a weak market position, and are therefore food insecure. Small-scale farmers can overcome many of these problems with appropriate investment in training, finance, and infrastructure such as better roads and crop storage.
With some support from aid donors and their own governments, small-scale farmers can improve their own food security, and produce more food to sell. The right kind of investments can lead to sustained economic growth, empower women, enable families to improve nutrition, and equip farmers to adapt to a changing climate.
Your voice is vital to the success of this campaign. Pick up a postcard from your church and send it to Prime Minister Trudeau today. Let him know that you care about small-scale farmers around the world.
You can also contribute to this campaign by communicating with your Member of Parliament about this issue and how it is important to you. Write a letter or email, call your MP’s office or talk to your MP in person and pass on this important message.
Learn more about the issue, and pray for this work, and for those working to improve their own food security.
If you have any questions, or need some support, call the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at 1-800-665-0377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.