In early 2020, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) launched a research program under the theme Creating Prosperity from Chaos. Initially, the chaos referred to disruptions in global trade, the sustainability of agri-food systems, and food security. However, chaos took on a new meaning when the pandemic began, impacting the health and wellbeing of all […]
This is a narrative summary of the CAPI Presentation given at the Big Solutions Forum pre-Dialogue on May 11th and was the basis for discussions. It outlines in-depth CAPI’s conclusions and how we got there.
This provides an overview of the discussions amongst Canadian agri-food system leaders at the Big Solutions Forum Trusted Opinion Leaders pre-Dialogue.
This is What We Heard at the final event of the Big Solutions Forum on May 20th. We heard perspectives from Deputy Ministers and Industry Leaders on how to achieve prosperity in Canadian agriculture in light of CAPI’s conclusions and key actions from the pre-Dialogue.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) presents real risks to trade in agricultural products, for food security among Northern, remote, and First Nations communities and the future of all cervids including already threatened species such as the Boreal Caribou, not to mention the potential risks of human transmission. CAPI has highlighted actions that should be seriously considered in […]
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) presents real risks to trade in agricultural products, for food security among Northern, remote, and First Nations communities and the future of all cervids including already threatened species such as the Boreal Caribou, not to mention the potential risks of human transmission. CAPI commissioned a study by University of Alberta economists, Dr. […]
Adopting soil conservation practices in agriculture could help ensure the long-term productivity of our land and increase the resilience of our agricultural systems, while helping mitigate climate change by promoting soil carbon sequestration in soil. Is this a silver bullet, or are there any trade-offs between yield, soil health and carbon storage in soil? While […]
Cover crops are often viewed with skepticism by Prairie farmers due to the limitations of the short growing seasons and the unpredictable weather. Increasingly early adopter farmers are adapting cover crops to Prairie cropping systems and environmental conditions. However, there remains a lack of information on how farmers in the Prairies are using cover crops, […]
This research by 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellow Hannah Lieberman examines how increases in flooding, due to climate change, impact C, N and P dynamics and microbial activity in agricultural soil. A short-term laboratory experiment was carried out to examine how flood duration and intensity impacts these factors. It was found that both the stable, mineral bound and […]
Scaling natural climate solutions in agriculture is increasingly being explored as an important pathway to achieve national net-zero targets. This report by 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellow Lisa Ashton provides an overview of the actors and governance mechanisms that influence the implementation of natural climate solutions in Canadian agriculture. A deeper understanding of the present situation […]