Canada at the G8 and UN Committee on World Food Security: Forum-shifting in global food security governance

Matias Margulis

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Abstract

Following the 2007-2008 Global Food Crisis, the Government of Canada doubled its aid spending on food security and made fighting world food insecurity a key foreign policy objective. The Government of Canada positioned itself for, and claims to enjoy, global leadership in global food security governance. This article examines the Government of Canada's behavior at two leading institutions for global food security governance, the Group of Eight (G8) and the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). I argue that the government has engaged in a forum-shifting strategy between these two institutions that has enhanced its reputation among a small group of peer states at the G8 but diminished its reputation and influence at the CFS. With the CFS emerging as a key institution for agenda-setting, norm-building and rule-making in global food security governance, Canada's marginal influence and peripheral status at this body undermines the government's claims of global leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-178
Number of pages15
JournalCanadian Foreign Policy Journal
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date15 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Canada
  • UN Committee on World Food Security
  • global governance
  • food security
  • Group of Eight

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