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Food and Agriculture Institute

Scaling Up Innovation

How do we scale agricultural technology and innovation in the province and country?

Emerging agricultural technologies and techniques have the potential for contributing to sustainable food and farms systems; however, this potential can only be realized through scaling up and widespread implementation. FAI has done theoretical research related to this question; namely, FAI and colleagues have written on the problem with the current thinking around agriculture being constrained by a ‘large-scale, industrial farm versus small-scale, organic farm’ paradigm. The team subsequently defined a new agricultural approach, which focuses on the use of technology for producing high-quality local foods with small environmental footprints. FAI is also engaging in research on opportunities and best practices for incubator and accelerator programs, which can stimulate growth and uptake in agricultural technologies for advancing a new agricultural approach that involves the use of technologies for producing local, accessible, and environmentally-friendly foods.


Projects

 

Understanding Agritech Incubator and Accelerator Best Practices
Supported by the Abbotsford Tech District, a proposed research and commercialization innovation hub to be established in the Fraser Valley, this project will provide two outcomes. One, to prepare a report on the best practices and recommendations for building an agritech incubator/accelerator hub in British Columbia. Two, prepare academic journal articles detailing the successes and challenges associated with incubators/accelerators, and the potential societal impacts of widespread development of programs that specifically focus on spurring growth in agricultural technology and innovation.

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The BC Food Web
BC Food Web is a freely-accessible online portal designed to increase access to food systems research results and other resources for producers, processors, policy-makers, educators, and the general public. BC Food Web intends to meet the needs of those interested in increasing the sustainability and resilience of food systems using knowledge generated through high-quality, cutting-edge research. 

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Publications

Newell, R., Newman, L., Mendly-Zambo, Z., Newman, K., & White, C. (2021). Incubators, accelerators, and agricultural technology and innovation. In CityAge: Building Agritech Clusters, Online. June 3rd, 2021.

Newman, L., Fraser, E., Newell, R., Mendly-Zambo, Z., Green, A. G., & KC, K. B. (in review). Agriculture for the Anthropocene: Navigating competing visions for the future of food. Manuscript submitted for publication.

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