Here's how Canada can help

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting global food security – here’s how Canada can help by Tyler McCann, managing director, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.

For the first time in many of our lives, we’re facing shortages of foods we’d expect to find on the grocers’ shelves. We’re starting to ask how we can boost local productivity to meet the critical need for available, accessible, affordable food. To better understand what’s happening, McCann shares his perspective on the food crisis:

“The invasion of Ukraine is changing how Canadians think about global food security. Now more than ever, food producers need to think about how we can boost productivity to meet the critical need for available, accessible, affordable food. The invasion, the blockage of the Black Sea, and economic sanctions will reduce 80 percent of the global trade of sunflower oil, 35 percent of wheat, 25 percent of barley, and 20 percent of corn for nations that desperately need to import that food.”

McCann suggests Canada can help feed the world by:

  • Boosting agricultural production and productivity
  • Improving the reliability of farm input supply chains, including fertilizers 
  • Implementing flexible supportive agricultural policies 
  • Increasing private and public investments in research and innovation 
  • Supporting international efforts to boost food production in regions not yet meeting their full potential

He advises Canadians to think more globally about our agri-food system and its role in addressing food security. Exports will play an increasingly key role in the availability and affordability of food around the world.

Should we accelerate food production and increase exports before the food crisis worsens?