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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

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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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Project Ongoing

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

Green, A. G., Abdulai, A. R., Duncan, E., Glaros, A., Campbell, M., Newell, R., Quarshie, P., KC, K. B., Newman, L., Nost, E., & Fraser, E. D. (2021). A scoping review of the digital agricultural revolution and ecosystem services: implications for Canadian policy and research agendas. FACETS6(): 1955-1985. https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2021-0017

Glaros, A., Marquis, S., Major, C., Quarshie, P., Ashton, L., Green, A. G., Kc, K. B., Newman, L., Newell, R., Yada, R., & Fraser, E. D. (2021). Horizon scanning and review of the impact of five food and food production models for the global food system in 2050. Trends in Food Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tifs.2021.11.013

Newell, R., Newman, L., & Mendly-Zambo, Z. (2021). The role of incubators and accelerators in the fourth agricultural revolution: A case study of Canada. Agriculture, 11, 1066. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11111066

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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