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This weekend, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, arrives in Ottawa to begin a formal country mission to Canada. His 2010 report on Agroecology and the Right to Food has been widely quoted, encouraging South-South and North-South cooperation on the dissemination and adoption of agro-ecological practices.
In 2011, de Schutter visited Mexico, Madagascar, and South Africa, subsequently publishing reports on each. While here, de Shutter and his team will look at several Canadian issues, including poverty, aboriginal peoples and the right to food, the organization of food supply chains, international development, and trade and investment.
Food Secure Canada has helped arrange several of de Schutter’s meetings with civil society organizations in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. They believe Canada is long overdue for a national food policy. In fact, FSC spent two years canvassing Canadians coast to coast, producing the Peoples Food Policy last year.