The University of the Fraser Valley has launched a dynamic and essential research institute that will advance B.C.’s agricultural economy and promote a sustainable and prosperous food culture.
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.
Dr. Lenore Newman, UFV’s Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment, is the director of the FAI. Her academic career as a culinary geographer has included fieldwork around the globe in the study of public markets, regional cuisines, farmland preservation, global food security, and the ecology of the world’s food system.