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Canadian Organic Research Needs and Priorities Assessment Process 2016‑2017

Canadian Organic Research Priorities Report

In 2016-2017, the Research Needs Task Force of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable embarked upon the Canadian Organic Research Needs and Priorities Assessment Process, with data collected and summarized from across Canada by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), Dalhousie University.

All stakeholders within the organic sector in Canada were invited to participate in this process. Nearly 250 research questions were received, with the majority of submissions coming from groups. In total, an estimated 550 people participated directly in the Canadian Organic Research Needs and Priorities Assessment Process, many of which represented the interests of larger groups.

Prioritization was accomplished through the identification of submitted priority research questions that overlapped, or all spoke to a similar research need. Submissions were first grouped into overarching themes, including Livestock, Crops, Soils, Ecology and Environment, Policy, and Food Quality, Nutrition and Health.

The full results of this collaboration can be read in the Organic Research Priorities Report 2016-2017 - [PDF-1.6mB]

 

About the research needs and priorities assessment process

A clear list of research priorities is needed to guide provincial and national funding initiatives and inform researchers as to where they should direct their efforts. The Research Needs Task Force of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable is leading this initiative; data is being collected and summarized by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University.

Outcomes of the research needs and priorities assessment process

Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to the Canadian Organic Research Needs and Priorities Assessment Process. We have recieved nearly 300 submissions from across the country, and are working on a detailed report, to be released this spring.

For researchers interested in research priorities for Organic Science Cluster III, a preliminary list has been compiled [PDF - 281 kB] and is now available.

Prioritizing research for the evolution of organic agriculture

To provide context and background to the 2016-2017 Canadian Organic Research Needs and Assessment Process, OACC's Director, Dr. Andy Hammermeister, discusses the future of organic agriculture and the importance of identifying research needs and priorities.

Previous research needs assessments and other documents of interest

Canadian research needs and priorities

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