Investing in small-scale agriculture in developing countries delivers many benefits. It is effective in reducing poverty, overcoming hunger, and contributing to a fairer world.

Canada has a good track record for supporting agriculture in its aid programs. However, since 2009, Canada's support for agriculture in developing countries has fallen (although its commitment to nutrition and food assistance has remained strong).

Collectively, small-scale farmers feed more than 70 percent of the world’s population. The Good Soil Campaign of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) calls on the federal government to invest more aid in agriculture in developing countries, especially those challenged to grow enough food to feed their populations.

In addition to supporting the Good Soil Campaign, the United Church urges the federal government to invest in “agroecological” approaches to farming in developing countries. Agroecological farming seeks to be in harmony with natural ecosystems, empowering small-scale farmers to control how their food is grown and make farming more resilient in the face of climate change. By adopting agroecological methods, farmers become less dependent on expensive, fossil fuel–based fertilizers and pesticides.

Food producers
Nearly one person in nine worldwide is undernourished; 70% of these people are food producers.
Credit: 
Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Take Action

  1. Write or call your member of Parliament and ask them to invest in agriculture in developing countries, especially agroecological approaches to small-scale farming. A sample letter is available under Downloads, below.
  2. Share this Take Action on your social media networks. Use the hashtags #UCCan and #GoodSoil. On Twitter, mention the CFGB @Foodgrains.
  3. Send Good Soil postcards to the Prime Minister's Office. Individuals and congregations can order free postcards through the Good Soil Campaign website. On your postcard, mention your support for agroecological approaches to small-scale farming.

The United Church of Canada is a founding member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. For more information, visit the CFGB website.

Send copies of your letters and e-mails to:

Christie NeufeldtProgram Coordinator, Public Witness416-231-7680 ext. 4078
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4078
cneufeldt [at] united-church.ca