Issue Deep Dive: Canada/Agriculture

Last updated: December 16, 2022

ODA Spending


ODA In Context


Canada’s aims to enhance women’s economic empowerment and promote green growth through its investments in agriculture.




The 46% increase in funding for agriculture between 2019 and 2020 was driven by enormous growth in earmarked funding to multilateral organizations. This growth may be related to the Canadian government’s commitments to agriculture as part of its effort to temper the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on global agriculture systems and food security.



ODA Breakdown


Bilateral Spending


In Canada’s FIAP, agriculture falls mainly under the action area ‘growth that works for everyone.’ The policy frames food security and agriculture within the larger lens of women’s economic empowerment and gender-inclusive climate change mitigation. In line with its prioritization of climate-smart agriculture, this sector received the second-largest share (32%) of Canada’s climate-related commitments in 2020 (see sector: ‘Climate’).



Multilateral Spending and Commitments



Funding & Policy Outlook


Canada has announced funding for several new projects and initiatives in the agriculture sector in 2022, pointing to its commitment to support international agriculture development in coming years. Recent funding includes:

  • US$30 million via the WFP for the ‘Grain from Ukraine Initiative’ to help deliver over 125 thousand tons of grain to nations facing food insecurity and famine.
  • CA$50 million (US$37 million) to support the ACTION project, which aims to improve food and nutritional security for Mali’s poor rural populations, especially women and youth.
  • CA$75 million (US$55 million) to support the United States’ ‘Call to Action on Acute Malnutrition.’
  • CA$52 million (US$40 million) to a new project through the FAO to address grain storage shortages in Ukraine and sustain global food supplies.
  • CA$250 million (US$194 million) to help address the global food security crisis exacerbated by the invasion of Ukraine.
  • CA$100 million (US$75 million) to the AfDB to support the growth of small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises.

Key bodies




Zoe Johnson

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