To meet CSI's trade policy objectives, CSI collaborates with like-minded Canadian and international organizations supporting the need to improve access to export markets.
- Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance
- Alberta Sugar Beet Growers
- Global Alliance for Sugar Trade Reform and Liberalisation
CSI is a founding member of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), a coalition of national and regional organizations, associations and companies that support a more open and fair international trading environment for agriculture and agri-food. Representing the 90% of farmers who depend on trade and ranchers, producers, processors and agri-food exporters who want to grow the economy through better access to international markets. This includes the beef, pork, meat, grains, cereals, pulses, soybeans, canola as well as the sugar, malt, and processed food industries. Together, CAFTA members account for 90% of Canada’s agri-food exports, about $50 billion in exports and an economic activity that supports over a million jobs in urban and rural communities across Canada.
CSI collaborates with the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers to seek a fair domestic and international trading environment. The only sugar beet grown in Canada for domestic use is in southern Alberta and the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers is a farmer organization striving to create an Alberta sugar beet industry that is vibrant, expanding, profitable and producer driven. Rogers Sugar (Lantic Inc) contracts with sugar beet growers in Alberta to encourage continued high quality production of beets to supply Canada's only sugar beet processing facility in Taber, Alberta.
The Global Alliance for Sugar Trade Reform and Liberalisation (Global Sugar Alliance -- GSA) brings together world sugar exporters seeking positive, progressive and meaningful reform of sugar policies globally. Global Sugar Alliance members (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, South Africa, and Thailand) are active advocates to improve the world sugar trading environment. The GSA believes that the WTO negotiations offer the unique opportunity to achieve substantial subsidy reductions, improvements in market access and thus a less distorted world sugar economy to boost trade, jobs and prosperity. GSA members work with their governments to advocate for the removal of trade distorting policies that prevent consumers and sugar users, wherever they are located from accessing the most competitively produced sugar and ethanol in the world.