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Canada / Agriculture

Last updated: May 31, 2023

ODA Spending


ODA In Context


Canada’s aims to enhance WEE 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. Growth in 2021 was minor relative to 2020, but the trend line remained consistent, reflecting Canada's continued commitment to mitigating global food insecurity.



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 WEE and gender-inclusive climate change mitigation. In line with its prioritization of climate-smart agriculture, this sector received the largest share (43%) of Canada’s climate-related commitments in 2021 (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 125,000 tons of grain to nations facing food insecurity and famine.
  • CAD50 million ( US$38 million) to support the ACTION project, which aims to improve food and nutritional security for Mali’s poor rural populations, especially women and youth.
  • CAD75 million ( US$58 million) to support the USCall to Action on Acute Malnutrition.
  • CAD52 million ( US$40 million) to a new project through the FAO to address grain storage shortages in Ukraine and sustain global food supplies.
  • CAD250 million ( US$192 million) to help address the global food security crisis exacerbated by the invasion of Ukraine, with a focus on SSA.
  • CAD100 million ( US$77 million) to the AfDB to support the growth of small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises.

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