As a Canadian organization that has spent 70 years working in international development and about 30 years with farmers around the world, USC Canada wants Canada make food security and agriculture a top priority and invest in small-scale farmers, ecological agriculture, and human rights. Here is a policy brief identifying the main ways that Canada's international assistance review can accomplish this.
Women's contributions are invaluable and often neglected in food security work. Program managers Sarah Dalle (who also heads up our monitoring and evaluation framework) and Dana Stefov wrote USC Canada's chapter, based on lessons from our Gender Equality Review initiative, beginning on page 46. Titled "Monitoring & evaluation as a learning process: USC Canada's experience in Bridging Gaps" looks at how designing our Gender Equality Review was an opportunity to ensure a renewed and informed commitment to gender equality and women's rights in our Seeds of Survival program.
Although community-level seed-saving initiatives have existed in many countries around the world for about 30 years, they have rarely been the subject of systematic scientific enquiry. Based on a combination of a literature review and field research, the paper presents a novel comprehensive conceptual framework that focuses on the multiple functions and services provided by community-based seed-saving efforts, in particular community seed banks.
To demonstrate good practice in climate change adaptation, USC Canada and our local Nepalese partner, Parivartan, have highlighted our riverbank rehabilitation work to minimize the risk of landslides and flash floods in East Central Nepal in this case study developed for a Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development (C4D) publication.
A report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development saying we need a paradigm shift in agricultural development from a "green revolution" to "ecological intensification."
A discussion paper prepared by the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG), of which USC Canada is a member, this document is the result of our efforts to collectively examine how the work of our partners in the South might inform Canada's response to the Global Food Crisis in a way that acknowledges the central role of smallholder agriculture and its long-term sustainability and resilience. Six case studies accompany Pathways to Resilience, each prepared by a member of the FSPG. USC Canada prepared Growing Resilience to highlight seeds, knowledge, and diversity in Honduras.
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