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CCA represents Canadian beef producers at UN Committee on World Food Security meetings

Earlier this month, representatives from the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA) participated in the United Nation's Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meetings in Rome that work to improve food systems and the planet.

CCA representatives, including youth representation from the CCA's Canadian Cattle Young Leaders and Canadian Cattle Youth Council, shared the message that Canada’s cattle producers sustainably raise a high-quality protein product.

Some highlights during the week of meetings, referred to as CFS 50, included meeting with the Dr. Thanawat Tiensin, Director of Animal Production and Health on Sustainable Livestock at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. CCA was pleased to participate in discussions about the need of the global livestock industry to continue telling its sustainability story.

One of the main focuses of this year's event was youth, where the CFS Policy Recommendations on Promoting Youth Engagement and Employment in Agriculture and Food Systems were adopted. CCA Youth Leadership Coordinator, Jessica Radau, spoke at the meeting on the tools and support needed to empower youth in sustainable food systems, specifically the need for recognition of the ecosystem services agriculture provides. She was joined by four youth from around the world.

CCA also participated in a high-level dinner where over 170 guests ranging from Ambassadors, Representatives of CFS Member States, and various industry stakeholders participated in discussions on data and science. An important topic as Canadian beef producers rely on data and science to increase production and environmental efficiency.

The breadth of discussions that took place and the diversity of people met throughout the week was inspiring. The CCA team looks forward to the lessons learned being brought back to benefit our Canadian beef farmers and ranchers.

CCA would also like to thank the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN, elected coordinator of the Private Sector Mechanism) for facilitating an excellent experience.

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