The Food and Agriculture Institute (FAI) will foster food security through the study of intensive sustainable agricultural land use and develop applied research capacity to supply the technology, knowledge, and skills to the agriculture sector in the Fraser Valley and beyond.
The FAI will integrate an applied interdisciplinary approach in the areas of agri-tech innovation, farmland utilization, the future of food, new and emerging crops, global food security, agri-tourism, and value-added activities in the supply chain from farm to table.
“I look forward to working with faculty to build on UFV’s ongoing success in the areas of agriculture, land use, and food security. Our university is uniquely situated to best support British Columbia in developing sustainable intensive agricultural systems while addressing the challenges of population growth and climate change,” said Dr. Newman.
The management team and researchers at the FAI will draw on a wide range of expertise in the areas of horticulture, food security, and land use. Central to the FAI’s mission are partnerships with agricultural and agri-business stakeholders in the region.
“Our location among some of the biggest and most technologically advanced farms, the most knowledgeable minds, and the largest agricultural capacity in Canada means UFV is poised to become a hub of knowledge in this vital and rapidly evolving sector,” said Dr. Joanne MacLean, President & Vice-Chancellor of UFV. “The Food and Agriculture Institute at UFV is a key piece in our goal of advancing the state of practice in agriculture.”
UFV is situated in the region producing the greatest annual farm gate sales of any area in Canada. Agriculture is central to the Fraser Valley economy and regional identity. The sector is also among the largest employers in the area, responsible for one out of every five jobs.