How to balance the needs of the world’s poorest people with Canadian security isn’t a new question arising from the recent decision to merge Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) into the new department of foreign affairs, international trade and development. In the 1950s, Canadian food aid began as a means of feeding drought-affected communities in Africa and Asia, while helping Canadian farmers sell their surplus and stabilize prices. By the 1980s, only 5 percent of food aid in developing countries was purchased locally, raising shipping costs and stretching response times. In 2008, the Canadian government fully untied Canadian food aid, a win-win for developing farmers and hungry people.
—Canadian Foodgrains Bank release