The SASC intends to select and implement projects that will dramatically improve the competitiveness and productivity of the agri-food sector in Canada, starting at the farm and flowing through the full value chain, thereby unlocking tremendous long term national and global economic, social and environmental benefits.
With scaling, SASC investments will achieve over $30B in direct, indirect and induced economic benefits, 300,000 new jobs and over 40 MtCO2e of GHG reduction.
SASC is creating the ability to digitally connect the systems-based decisions in farm management with measures and metrics to quantify the outcomes desired by farmers, food processors, food retail companies and consumers.
Innovation communities bring stakeholders together to map systems and identify pinch points which are limiting the sustainable intensification of agriculture and create solutions which will create higher value products and improved environmental outcomes.
Utilizing common foundations like data standards for connectivity, best management practices for farm stewardship, and addressing common knowledge gaps, a diverse multi stakeholder innovation community will enable innovation, rapid adoption and reduce costs for all. Which will make it much easier for SMEs to commercialize their innovations.
Systems that enable the measurement of environment and economic outcomes will also help improve the climate resilience of agricultural production Canada. Working together with the world’s largest sustainability and bio economy industry and NGO leaders (Field to Market, WBSCS, Global Compact, IETA, SDSN) will ensure that systems and innovations created in Canada link to globally recognized efforts.