Improving Canadian agriculture sector’s data use

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Capacity Building

A total of $903,000 is being invested into the project, with Protein Industries Canada investing $438,000 and the project participants together investing $465,000.

The EMILI Data Initiative addresses data literacy knowledge gaps and works to better understand important issues arising from the increasing use of data in the agrifood sector, such as data ownership, standardization and privacy. This will lead to a number of direct and indirect benefits, including a better understanding of the current challenges and opportunities related to the use of data-intensive technologies, stronger trust and transparency related to data use, and the building of a culture of data governance and stewardship across the value chain.

The project will focus on four areas: using hands-on technology demonstration to explore the ability to share data along the value chain; researching data ownership, data privacy, and interoperability and standards for agrifood data; developing data literacy training programs for producers, technologists and others working along the food value chain; and creating an advisory working group to provide oversight and direction for next steps. Each area will advance the project’s overall goal of strengthening the Canadian agriculture and agrifood sector’s data ecosystem.

To deliver this ambitious project, EMILI will work in collaboration with a number of external organizations, including the following:

• Assiniboine Community College;

• The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN);

• Enns Brothers;

• Farm Credit Canada (FCC);

• G3;

• The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN);

• Merit Functional Foods;

• Pulse Canada; and

• Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

“At Merit we are continually looking at ways to work with our grower partners to create efficient and traceable supply chains.

Merit’s customers are demanding that we can trace our pea and canola protein products back to the farm where they were grown.

We look forward to working with the project EMILI team to identify ways we can leverage data in the plant protein supply chain to create value for everyone.”

- Merit Functional Foods VP of Operations Dan Kraft