Type: Panel Discussion
Title: Sustainable Farming - What Does it Look Like?
Date: May 15, 2017
Participants: Dr. Mariano Mapili, UFV Department of Geography
Description: Panelists discussed sustainable farming and addressed issues of organic farming, soil health, GMOs and human health.
Title: Feeding 9 Billion Challenge
Date: March 18-19, 2017
Participants: 29 student participants from 11 disciplines
Description: The event produced six business proposals to reduce food waste. Read more...
Title: Breeding for the Future: The case for conserving, collecting, and evaluating wild crop relatives
Date: February 21, 2017
Participants: Presenter - Dr. Michael Dossett, BC Blueberry Council Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agrifood Canada
Description: Around the globe, plant breeders are in a race to stay ahead of rapidly evolving pest populations and a changing climate to develop new varieties in support of agricultural development, and to feed a growing population. Wild crop relatives have enormeous potential for crop impovement through conventional breeding, while new advances in DNA sequencing technologies are making it easier than ever before is to identify the genes responsible, understand their mechanism, and track them in breeding lines. In spite of the, investment in and access to the building blocks of plant breeding are becoming more linited at a time when they are needed more than ever before.
Title: High Tech Organic Agriculture
Date: January 24, 2017
Participants: Speaker - Krystine McInnes, CEO of Athena Organic Farms
Description: Krystine explained how her multi-sited food hub operation uses a sustainable business model that combines small lot regional food production and high tech precision agriculture systems.
Type: Scholarly Sharing Presentation: Food, Farmland and Seasonal Workers in Agriburbia
Title: The importance of seasonal agricultural labour in the Fraser Valley
Date: November 17, 2016
Participants: Dr. Garry Fehr, Agriculture Centre of Excellence
Description: By 2002 an aging demographic and changes to the Family Class Immigrant regulations resulted in a growing shortage of low skilled seasonal agricultural workers who are essential for the success of the Fraser Valley’s agriculture sector. In 2002, the BC Ministry of Agriculture attributed a $2 million loss to the lack of seasonal workers. Hence in 2004, British Columbia joined the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the program annually supplies more than 4000 workers. These workers comprise 8.8% of the total agricultural workforce and two thirds of all seasonal horticultural workers. The research demonstrates how agricultural workers have contributed to value added activities that have changed agricultural production in the Fraser Valley. Indirectly, it also reveals how our long term food security in the region is dependent on this supply of labour.
Title: The Future of our Cities
Date: October 25, 2016
Description: Highlights video
Title: Cities & Food Conference
Date: June 10, 2016
Description: Keynote speaker Dr. Alex Awiti of the East African Institute at Aga Khan University and consist of four sessions:
1. Global Ideas
2. Research and Development
3. "Urban Agriculture: Policy and Planning" or "Funding and Partnerships"
4. Industry and Innovation
Highlights video All presentations (6 videos)
Type: Report Presentation
Title: Supermarket Food Procurement Practices in Dar es Salaam: Risks and Benefits for Rural Smallholder Farmers
Participants: Sierra Nickel, Josh Rempel, Marie Verbenkov, Jeremy Wagner
Description: Four UFV students were Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program recipients and completed a 3 month internship in Dar es Salaam investigating food security systems. They presented their findings at the UFV Sustainable Goals Forum. Video of presentation