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OUR WORK
As an independent, non-partisan policy catalyst, CAPI brings insight, evidence and balance to emerging issues.
We provide a neutral place to hold dialogues and generate perspectives among leaders across the food system.

WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON NOW

BARTON REPORT AND OPTIMIZING AGRI-FOOD GROWTH

The Advisory Council on Economic Growth Report (Barton Report) in 2017 identified agri-food exports as an engine for economic growth in Canada. The implications of the growth targets set for the agri-food sector on Canada’s natural capital and other domestic policy objectives, and on the role of innovation in securing growth that is compatible with sustainability objective and in building public trust are critical issues requiring an informed dialogue.

To contribute to this dialogue, CAPI organized two regional workshops to initiate critical conversations with the participation of diverse groups of producers, industry associations, governments, academia, NGOs and other interested groups.

CAPI partnered with Ag-West Bio to organize the first regional workshop in Saskatoon on December 11, 2017.
CAPI partnered with the Arrell Food Institute to organize the second regional workshop in Guelph on Mar 21, 2018. CAPI's Final Report, synthesizing the "Barton Forward" dialogues, will be available in June 2018.

NAFTA 2.0

With NAFTA renegotiation talks in full swing, it is a critical time for a conversation on protecting and improving our shared food supply chain. CAPI and the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.) know the importance of good debate and a robust marketplace for ideas. This short piece, written by Rory McAlpine and Mike Robach, encourages just such debate.

Global Subsidies

Subsidies in many countries encourage production increases that result in considerable surpluses and lower prices, according to a new CAPI study. Those productions increase fuel unsustainable production practices and the misallocation of natural resources.

CURRENT RESEARCH AND DIALOGUES
Global agricultural subsidies Examining the perverse impact of subsidies on food production, the state of natural capital and the trade and competitiveness implications for Canada.
Innovation Aligning Canada's public S&T infrastructure around national objectives, and collaborating with industry, is a means to add greater value, achieve productivity gains and remain a reliable food supplier in the face of change.
Natural capital Properly valuing and managing natural capital requires good data and clear metrics.
Food Processing Remarks to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU), Oct. 5, 2016
Climate change Understanding the important role of the agri-food sector in the national climate change agenda, notably on carbon.
Food-health link Making the link between natural capital (i.e., soil) and improving nutritional quality of food and ingredients.
Social licence Rising expectations about food production is driving change across the food system, including how to retain consumers' trust and confidence. See CAPI Forum Report 2016 entitled Achieving What's Possible for Canada's Agri-Food Sector under PUBLICATIONS, and the "Social licence" link under ISSUES at left.


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Risk and Reward: Food Safety and NAFTA 2.0

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Understanding Agricultural Support (2017)
Summary Report

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Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse (2017)
Roundtable Synthesis

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Embrace or Reject It – the Implications of New Technology Adoption for Canada's Agri-Food Future (2017)
Synthesis Report of Workshop

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Synthesis Report of CAPI-AAFC Workshop on Strategies to Reduce Net GHG Emissions in Agriculture (2017)

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Synthesis Report of 3 Workshops (2016)

Organized by CAPI and the Agriculture Policy Research Community

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Synthesis Report of CAPI-AAFC Workshop on Strategies to Reduce Net GHG Emissions in Agriculture (2017)

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Synthesis Report of 3 Workshops (2016)

Organized by CAPI and the Agriculture Policy Research Community

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Achieving What's Possible for Canada's Agri-Food Sector (2016)
Final report on the Forum on Canada's Agri-food Future

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Competing in the World's No. 1 Emerging Market. (2015)
A report on a trade mission to China

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Taking the Sector from Trade Deficits to a Competitive Resurgence (2014)
Projects 7 and 8 of the Processed Food Sector Research Program
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Understanding the Processed Food Trade Balance (2013)
A CAPI Research Program report
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Municipal food policy entrepreneurs (2013)
by Rod MacRae and Kendal Donahue
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The State of Canada's Processed Food Sector:
Trade Balance
(2012)
Report prepared by Douglas Hedley, PhD, and CAPI
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Canada's Beef Food System:
A Roadmap for Dialogue on Strategy
(2012)
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
Update
(2011)
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
A New Strategic Approach
(2011)
Report prepared by CAPI
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Building Convergence:
Toward an Integrated Health and Agri-Food Strategy for Canada
(2009)
By The McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence for CAPI
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Adapting Agriculture to Climate Variability:
Executive Summary
(2010)
Conference summary by Gary Lemme, David McInnes, and Tony Szumigalski
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