Public Policy

Canadian Foodgrains Bank and member staff, and coalition partners meet with MPs during an advocacy week in Ottawa.

The Foodgrains Bank public policy department supports the mission of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank by influencing improvements in national and international policies that contribute to ending hunger.

We currently focus on the following issues:

Canadian Aid to Smallholder Farmers in Developing Countries – Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) prioritizes gender equality and empowering women and girls as the most effective way to reduce global poverty. The Foodgrains Bank believes that supporting smallholder farmers, especially women food producers, is a crucial pathway. To that end, we work with other Canadian aid organizations to advocate for a central role for food security within Canada’s development program.

Currently, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is calling on the Canadian government to increase its overall aid budget through our Advocate campaign—and encouraging greater support for smallholder farmers. Learn more and get involved here.

International Food Assistance – Canada is a major food assistance donor noted for its ‘no strings attached’ approach to helping people facing immediate hunger. The Foodgrains Bank continues to work with Canadian aid officials to ensure that all Canadian food assistance is as effective as possible. We also work with aid organizations from Canada, the US and Europe to improve and strengthen international agreements about food assistance.

Climate Change and Smallholder Farmers – local partners in Asia and Africa tell us that smallholder farmers are facing new challenges in adapting to more flooding, more droughts and more storms. There is an urgent need to help these farmers adapt to climate change and to improve aid and other policies to empower farmers in these efforts.

We also work on other issues, including the human right to food.


The Public Policy team represents the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on the following coalitions:






TAFAD Trans Atlantic Food Assistance Dialogue NGOs that program food aid International Monitor and improve use of food assistance
FSPG Food Security Policy Group Development organizations and farm organizations Canadian Education and advocacy on global food security
C4D Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development Development and environmental organizations Canadian Education and advocacy on climate change