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Food and Agriculture Institute

Planning and Policy

This research theme explores critical food systems challenges and issues in order to elucidate ways and develop tools addressing these challenges/issues in a manner that aligns with broader goals for sustainability and resilience. FAI researches agricultural land-use planning and policy on local and regional scales to identify best approaches for developing farmland and improving food assets. In addition, FAI incorporates thinking and work from the agricultural technology and innovation theme into its planning and policy research, and it examines how land can be used more efficiently with the implementation of high-yield, low-footprint agricultural technologies.

Dr. Rob Newell discusses tools for integrated planning in the BC ACARN 4th annual workshop.


Questions within this research theme include (click on the links to learn more):

  1. What is the future of agricultural land-use in British Columbia?
  2. How can we shorten agricultural supply chains and transform urban land into farmland?
  3. How can we ensure food systems planning and policy are effectively integrated with other sustainability imperatives?