Genome BC, Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC partner on food innovation and security program
By Top Crop Manager
Genome BC and Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAC) are partnering to offer the Genomic Innovation for Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Fisheries program that will invest in projects to provide genomic solutions that enhance the agriculture, food and fisheries sectors, increasing resiliency and sustainability in BC.
“Adopting agri-tech and regenerative farming practices will be key to increasing food security for future generations,” said B.C. Agriculture Minister, Lana Popham in a statement. “In addition to increasing production, these practices will increase environmental sustainability, mitigate the effects of climate change and increase profitability and market opportunities for BC farmers.”
Genome BC and IAF will each invest program funding of $1 million to jointly fund a competitive program that together will offer a $2 million funding envelope to provide up to $250,000 for projects that help drive growth, competitiveness, and sustainability for BC’s agriculture, food and fisheries sectors. The $1 million IAF contribution to the Genomic Innovation for Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Program is funded by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia.
“This program will develop and deploy novel genomic technologies to support food security,” said Federica Di Palma, chief scientific officer and VP, sectors at Genome BC. “We will also leverage innovative genomic solutions to improve the health of crops, livestock and ecosystems impacted by climate change.”