Government of Canada Supports Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security

News Release

June 14, 2016 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced funding of $15,000 to support the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Food Security as they deliver the 2016 Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security Conference this week.

The Global Institute for Food Security is focussed on enabling innovation, multidisciplinary research, training and technology development to achieve sustainable crop production, enhanced human and animal nutrition and a prosperous bio-economy in Western Canada.

Stakeholders will collaborate to improve agricultural productivity through innovation in bio-science, crop breeding, genomics, and clean technologies that focus on bio-materials, carbon and greenhouse gas reduction, and other innovative practices.  

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting emerging technologies in agricultural research. Participants in the Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security Conference will contribute to discovery science and innovation in the agriculture and agri-food sectors that will help feed the world for generations to come."

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"The Global Institute for Food Security is pleased to have Western Economic Diversification involved in bringing international researchers, and policy makers to Saskatchewan to discuss how to mobilize advances in agricultural research to the developing world.  Canada is a leader in global food production and in agricultural research, and this is a problem worthy of the truly global conversation that we’re facilitating here."

- Dr. Maurice Moloney, CEO and Executive Director, The Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan

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Contacts

Rhonda Laing
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5944
Email: rhonda.laing@canada.ca

Sara Alexander
Director, Marketing & Stakeholder Relations
Global Institute for Food Security
Telephone: 306-250-9910
Email: sara.alexander@gifs.ca

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