Centre for Land and Biological Resources Research, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Data Center Description
The Department develops and implements national policies and programs to support the agriculture and agri-food sector in a manner that assures a dependable supply of safe, nutritious food at reasonable prices to consumers, with equitable returns to producers and processors. In addition, the Department participates in the development and implementation of federal policies and programs in the areas of socio-economic development, emergency response and international relations.
The Department meets its responsibilities through the Agri-Food Program, which is implemented in cooperation with the provincial governments, national and international agricultural organizations, universities, etc. The Department consults actively with its client groups including producers, processors, distributors, vendors and consumers of agricultural and agri-food products. Other federal departments with which elements of the Agri-Food Program work include Environment Canada, Health Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Natural Resources Canada and Revenue Canada.
The Agri-Food Program includes the following activities:
A. Agricultural Research and Development Objective: to improve the long-term competitiveness of the Canadian agri-food sector through the development and transfer of innovative technologies. Responsibility: Research Branch
B. Policy and Farm Economic Programs Objective: to create a policy environment which improves the sector's ability to compete and adapt to change, and to deliver income stabilization programs consistent with these goals. Responsibility: Policy Branch
C. Market and Industry Services Objective: to provide programs and services to assist the Canadian agri-food industry to maintain and enhance its productivity, global competitiveness and marketability in order to increase the sector's share of both the domestic and international markets for agriculture and agri-food products. Responsibility: Market and Industry Services Branch
D. Rural Prairie Rehabilitation, Sustainability and Development Objective: to encourage conservation and development of the soil and water resource base and to pursue opportunities for greater economic security of the agri-food sector in the Prairie provinces. Responsibility: Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration
E. Corporate Management and Services Objective: to provide leadership, direction, management advice and support services to departmental managers in managing their human, financial and physical resources in the most efficient and effective manner for the achievement of departmental objectives. Responsibility: Review Branch, Human Resources Branch, Corporate Services Branch, Communications Branch and Rural Secretariat.
[Extracted from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Home Page]