Genome BC and Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAF) have partnered to develop the Genomic Innovation for Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (GIRAFF) program to co-invest in projects that will provide genomic solutions to support the BC agriculture, food, and fisheries sectors in addressing climate change.
Regenerative agriculture and aquaculture use innovative approaches to increase resiliency, reduce and sequester greenhouse gases, and improve environmental sustainability of food production while restoring soil, water, and biodiversity health to improve ecosystem services. To support the transition to climate-smart food, genomic innovations in combination with other precision technologies will provide new tools and approaches to help the agriculture, food and fisheries sectors mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The GIRAFF program will focus on these three objectives:
- Develop and deploy novel genomic technologies to optimize productivity and ensure sustainability in a changing climate.
- Leverage innovative genomic solutions to improve the health of crops, livestock*, fisheries and ecosystems impacted by climate change.
- Support genomic innovations to reduce environmental impacts.
*For the purposes of this call, livestock refers to animals raised through both agriculture and aquaculture.
Genomic Innovation for Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Program is funded by the Governments of British Columbia and Canada through programs delivered by Genome BC and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.