Canada's Agricultural Landscape
quick facts about Canada's agricultural landscape:
- Canada is home to 19 agricultural clusters and 15 food and beverage clusters.
- The Greater Toronto Area is the second-largest food industry hub in North America, after Los Angeles.
- The Protein Industries Canada (PIC) supercluster features more than 145 stakeholders across Western Canada, including; food manufacturing, agriculture, R&D, technology, education, and more.
- The Smart Agri-Food Supercluster (SASC) is a Canada-wide initiative supported by 95 industry, government and educational partners.
- Agriculture and agri-food manufacturing, with some $55 billion in exports, is a key driver of Canada's economy, and one of the country's top priority economic sectors.
- Canada is the world's (5) fifth-largest exporter of agricultural and agri-food products (after the EU, the USA, Brazil and China), and (8) eighth in the world for agricultural research.
- The University of Saskatchewan has become one of Canada's leading hub for crop genomics. The University has mapped the wheat genome sequence, as well as the sequences of two wild lentil genomes, and is now working to sequence several more major global crops.
- The Global Institute for Food Security is delivering transformative innovation to agriculture, working to improve crops in a number of ways, including higher yields using less water and fertilizer, improved reproductive efficiency, enhanced nutritional quality for humans, and enhancing sustainability by reducing agriculture's carbon footprint.
AGRICULTURE + AGRI-FOOD MANUFACTURING
Canada's innovative and diverse agriculture and agri-food manufacturing system generates $113.8 billion to the Canadian economy. Yet Canada exports more than half of its primary agriculture production, making it the world's fifth-largest exporter of agricultural and agri-food products (after the European Union, the US, Brazil and China), generating 5.7% of the world's food and agriculture exports and an important player on the global stage.
why canada for agriculture?
Canada excels in agriculture and agri-food manufacturing, and leads the world in research and innovation across a variety of sub-sectors. Canada's prairie provinces + cities (Alberta - Edmonton, Saskatchewan - Saskatoon & Regina and Manitoba - Winnipeg) are the largest exporters of flaxseed, canola and pulses. Not only that but with (3) three oceans and a coastline covering some 243,000+ kilometers, Canada is a global leader in aquaculture, ocean harvesting and marine sciences, making desitnations like Charlottetown, St. John's, Halifax, Vancouver and Victoria natural choices for events in these areas.
- Purposeful collaboration is a hallmark of Canadian culture, helping leaders from a spectrum of agri-food industries connect and collectively reshape the future of the world's food systems
- Innovators are experts - the architects of the Canadian agri-food revolution - live, work and conduct their research here, providing a deep pool of local expertise and speakers to augment any conference agenda
- Canada's internationally recognized universities specialize in food sciences, culinary arts, food technologies and nutritional sciences, providing research and development in the industry and excellent local resources to augment conference agendas.
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The Global Institute for Food Security, headquarters in Saskatoon, innovates agriculture and food production to provide food security in developing nations thorugh seeds, soil and software.
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