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.

Many ask "how can we feed 9 billion people by 2050?" Instead, we ask "how can we sustainably feed such a growing population (and improve nutrition) and derive economic advantage from doing so?"

Natural Capital

Producing more food without destroying ecosystems is a global challenge, but it is also national opportunity for Canada's agri-food sector. Our natural capital can be a competitive advantage, if valued and managed properly.

The Forum on Canada's Agri-Food Future

CAPI believes that "trust" is the defining issue facing all those involved in food production. Should Canada aim to become the most trusted food system in the world?
Final Report CAFF15
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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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
Report prepared by Douglas Hedley, PhD, and CAPI
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Canada's Beef Food System:
A Roadmap for Dialogue on Strategy
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
A New Strategic Approach
Report prepared by CAPI
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Building Convergence:
Toward an Integrated Health and Agri-Food Strategy for Canada
By The McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence for CAPI
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Adapting Agriculture to Climate Variability:
Executive Summary
Conference summary by Gary Lemme, David McInnes, and Tony Szumigalski
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