Canada contributes to Codex and OIE budgets

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Related tags: Food and agriculture organization, European union

Picture: ©FAO/Lea Plantek
Picture: ©FAO/Lea Plantek
Canada is to contribute an additional $1m to international bodies that develop standards for food safety and plant protection.

Investment will go towards Codex Alimentarius, which develops the standards for food safety, the International Plant Protection Convention and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The contribution was announced after the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference by Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's minister of agriculture and agri-food and Dr José Graziano da Silva, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

"The meeting confirmed the good relations between FAO and Canada on issues of mutual interest and the global challenges we face in combating hunger and malnutrition,"​ said Graziano da Silva.

Canada was one of the top 10 country contributors to FAO in 2016.

The country's combined agriculture and seafood bilateral trade with G20 partners was $108.9bn in 2015 and it is the world's largest exporter of pulses.

“The Government of Canada will continue to advocate for open, science-based trade rules and innovation to increase agricultural productivity to help Canadian farmers conserve water, boost their incomes, grow the economy and meet the challenge of feeding the world sustainably​," said MacAulay.

MacAulay also met with ministers of agriculture from China, the European Union, Germany, the UK and Austria as well as the EU directorate-general for health and food safety commissioner and the deputy-minister of agriculture for Turkey.

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