Working to improve federal agricultural policy and programs
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) recently published recommendations aimed at informing the development of the next agricultural policy framework — a five-year multilateral funding and policy framework signed between the federal government, provinces and territories that will govern much of programs and supports available to Canadian agriculture.
The current Agricultural Policy Framework, known as Growing Forward 2 (GF2), will expire on March 31, 2018 and preparations are already underway to consider the design for the next generation of policy and programs.
Our process developing recommendations
The recommendations were developed through three CFA working groups – the Strategic Investments Working Group, the Risk Management Working Group and the Market Development Working Group. We also hosted a session with other producer and industry organizations to provide an overview of the policies and recommendations CFA has adopted. This allowed for other organizations to share their own positions and offer further insights.
The final report, entitled “The Next Agriculture Policy Framework: Positioning Canadian Agriculture for Continued Success” touches on a wide variety of areas, including:
- encouraging best management practices
- risk management tools to mitigate damages associated with increased weather volatility
- the coordination of market development investments
- investment in discovery science and agricultural research
- a government/industry backed national food strategy
- branding and an increased profile for Canadian food products as part of market assurance at home and abroad
- climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to make Canadian agriculture a world leader in sustainability