CAAIN champions collaborative AgTech research and innovation. We do this by funding exciting innovation and building bridges that…

Connect agri-food businesses, academic institutions, researchers, and technology players. This will allow us to…

Create and map an ecosystem of Canada’s agricultural technology stakeholders, allowing us to identify and support promising research and innovation opportunities. Their success will increase productivity and enhance value, yielding a more robust agri-food sector. This, in turn, will expand domestic and international markets and generate more and higher-quality industry jobs, reducing the supply chain’s reliance on unskilled labour and improving food security. In short, we will…

Cultivate key relationships and support the development of ground-breaking innovation in: automation and robotics; data collection, analysis, and use; and smart farms. We will encourage and promote adoption of these emerging technologies, and facilitate the generation of new ideas, leading to a self-perpetuating innovation cycle.

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Why Should Agri-Food Innovation Matter to Canadians?

In 2020, Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector:

  • Employed 11% of our nation’s workforce;
  • Generated $139.3 billion— roughly 7.4% of our GDP; and,
  • Accounted for almost $74 billion in total exports to more than 200 countries, making Canada the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agri-food and seafood.

As impressive as those numbers are, we need them to rise.

Plus we all need to eat. Right? Right!

Okay, except that our climate is becoming increasingly volatile, we face decreasing supplies of arable land and fresh water, the global population is expected to hit 10 billion by 2050, and…we all need to eat.

So what’s the answer?

Innovation!

Sounds like a plan. But what does it mean?

Simply put, “New ways of doing things.” We know that covers a lot of ground but, mostly, it comes down to technology. Things like autonomous farm equipment, robots, wireless sensors, and GPS, among many others. The farm of today is not your grandparents’ homestead, and the farm of tomorrow will not resemble today’s operation.