Canadian expertise in wheat production helping Algeria toward self-sufficiency

Ambassador Genevière des Rivières addresses stakeholders at the seminar in Algiers.

Canadian officials recently conducted a seminar in Algeria on the quality of the wheat crop in western Canada.

This annual seminar provides participants with an overview of the Canadian grain industry, the Canadian quality assurance system and crop conditions in western Canada. 

Algeria has been a major durum wheat importer from Canada for many years and these seminars provide an update on the grain situation in Canada with an emphasis on the quality.

As Algeria moves to increase its local wheat production to reduce imports and to ensure its self-sufficiency, improving productivity and quality are key challenges. Algerian industry stakeholders are keen to learn about global trends, quantity and quality and the different characteristics of the wheat crop. Canada is well-positioned to help. 

Thanks to wide open spaces and the entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens, the Canadian food and agriculture sector contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. This sector in Canada accounts for two million jobs, eight percent of the GDP and registered record exports of $44 billion CAD in 2011. Globally, Canada ranks eighth in wheat production, second for pulses and canola, and eleventh for beef.

Representatives from the Canadian International Grains Institute, the Canadian Grain Commission and the Canadian Wheat Board have worked together to provide quality training tailored to the Algerian context for many years. Since 1972, more than 170 Algerians have participated in training sessions in Canada which has led to a better understanding of Canadian expertise and experience in the grain industry.

Geneviève des Rivières, Ambassador of Canada to Algeria, participated in the opening of the seminar with key stakeholders from the Algerian grain industry including the Office Algérien Interprofessionnel des Céréales.