Our Approach & Areas of Focus

Child centred. Community led. Impact focused. We unlock the potential of children, families and communities to pursue their own sustainable change through innovative food security, education and capacity building programs.

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Our Approach

Monitoring, Evaluating & Achieving Impact

Formal monitoring and evaluation systems are linked to clear Theory of Change-based outcomes and drive the delivery of focused, high-impact programs. M&E enables continuous improvement that benefits children, women, men, families, and communities.

Partnering & Collaborating

Delivering results through local partners and building resilience through community-led development.

Creating Sustainable Change

Adding value by sharing development best practices with our local partners, strengthening them so they, in turn, can facilitate sustainable, community-led change and self-reliance.

Integrating Cross-Cutting Themes

Cross-cutting themes, in particular gender equality and environmental sustainability, are integrated within all development initiatives and bring technical expertise and resources to local partners and communities.

Food Security & Education

Programs that help communities and families to:

grow more food

eat healthy,
culturally-appropriate food

and earn incomes to buy more food.

And help children to:

attend early childhood
development centres

get a quality primary education

eat nutritious meals at
school so they learn better.

Creating Strong Sustainable Communities

By tackling three critical issues

Climate change adaptation and
environmental sustainability




Strong local organizations that
support child-focused development


Topic Brief

Women's Work Is Never Done

… we must work for women's economic empowerment that benefits, not further burdens, women and girls.

When women have equal access to tools, training, credit and other resources, their contributions have a positive impact on their children's wellbeing and their community's economic and social development. But a solely instrumentalist approach to women's economic empowerment often comes at a cost to women, who end up shouldering more of a labour burden while still failing to attain full social and economic justice.


From Charity to Change Agent

Canadian Feed The Children has worked diligently to increase our capacity in the international development sector in Canada by deepening our expertise in food security, climate change, and innovation in development. Engaging in these important national discussions has accompanied our heightened profile as a recognized, respected change-maker.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the UN launched its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a stronger focus on climate change and women’s equality. The agenda sets out 17 SDGs. CFTC’s work was and continues to be aligned with these goals, in particular:

1 – No Poverty
2 – Zero Hunger
4 – Quality Education
5 – Gender Equality
13 – Climate Action

Canada's Development Priorities

2015 was an important turning point for Canada’s international development efforts, with a new government and a renewed commitment to advance Canada’s key development priorities.

CFTC participated in Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review in 2016. We contributed our recommendations for a new framework to guide Canada’s aid decisions and support sustainable growth in the developing world with an emphasis on women and girls and on the climate.

Aid for Agriculture

As part of the Aid4Agriculture Coalition, CFTC joined 30+ other development organizations to encourage Canada to make a signature investment in small-scale farming as a way to achieve Canada’s development priorities and 12 of the U.N.'s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the 10 specific strategies relating to agriculture that Aid4Ag believes will advance the world’s poverty alleviation, food security, women’s empowerment, and climate change adaptation goals.

Governance Excellence


Canadian Feed The Children was among the first organizations to be accredited by Imagine Canada under their Standards Program, an external validation of adherence to 72 criteria in five areas of non-profit management. Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the best practices and highest level of accountability in non-profit management to our donors and the public.

The Standards Program Trustmark is a mark of Imagine Canada used under licence by Canadian Feed The Children.

2023 Top 100 Rated Charities

Canadian Feed The Children has been named a Charity Intelligence Top 100 Charity for 2023 and a 5-Star Rated Charity for its financial transparency, accountability, cost efficiency and social impact.


Canadian Feed The Children is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability, which evaluates charities’ performance on governance and oversight, finances, effectiveness, fundraising, and information transparency.

Sector Participation

Canadian Feed The Children participates actively with like-minded international development organizations advancing Canada’s international aid objectives and aligned with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Canadian Feed The Children is co-chair of the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development, a coalition of international development and environmental organizations working together to share knowledge and take concerted action to address climate change.

Food Security Policy Group

Canadian Feed The Children is a member of the FSPG, which brings together Canadian international development and humanitarian agencies, farmers’ organizations and human rights groups to enhance sustainable agriculture and food security in developing countries and Canada.

Canadian Feed The Children works actively with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, a group of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.

Canadian Feed The Children works actively with the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), a community of Ontario-based international development and global education and individual associate members working globally for social justice.

CanWaCH logo

In September 2018, Canadian Feed The Children proudly became a member of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) network, joining over 100 Canadian NGOs, academic institutions, and healthcare associations that work hard every day to ensure that the rights of women and children to live healthy and fulfilled lives are upheld around the world.


In September 2018, Canadian Feed The Children proudly demonstrated its commitment to inclusive and quality education globally by becoming a new member of the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group (CIEPWG), Canada’s only national group building an international education agenda. Canadian Feed The Children joins a coalition of more than 20 international development agencies working to support policies and programs to improve access to safe, inclusive and quality education for all children and youth.