About Science and Innovation
Over the past few decades, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been supporting the agricultural sector in building its own innovation capacity and leadership by funding and participating in large-scale research networks with industry and academia, by adopting new technologies and by finding the right balance of investment with others in the research community and the sector. We are building on a strong foundation of environmental science and stewardship and supporting an agriculture and agri-food sector with a capacity that can adapt to multiple stresses, changes and opportunities.
With our national network of research centres, scientists, technicians, and staff, Agricultural Science and Technology Branch is well established to conduct world class research to fulfill national research priorities and to work directly with industry on transferring innovative technologies and solutions to those who can use it. Each year, AAFC scientists also produce a large number of research publications which highlight our science and innovation activities.
In 2003, we established the Pest Management Centre (PMC) to improve Canadian growers' access to newer, safer pesticides, and to production approaches that reduce reliance on pesticides for both major and minor crops.
As a publicly-funded research organization in Canada, AAFC recognizes the need to be held accountable to the highest scientific standards and value for money in its activities and services. To ensure science excellence and relevance in research activities, AAFC research programs and services and research projects are all aligned with the national research priorities outlined in the AAFC Science and Innovation Strategy. By aligning research endeavours with the Strategy, and developing and strengthening strong collaborative relationships with external stakeholders such as other governments, industry and academia, AAFC is contributing to establishing a competitive edge for the agriculture and agri-food sector and a better quality of life for Canadians.
The 2010 Strategic Action Plan sets out a framework for science direction and for the management of science at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) for the next 5 years.