Here is a short listing of some of our current work and recent custom research conducted:
We are currently conducting a study of food market linkages for Global Affairs Canada (Development) between smallholder farmers, processors and food business owners in Colombia, Senegal and Vietnam with Canadian agri-food businesses and retailers.
Over the coming decade, we will be monitoring and reporting progress on the Canadian Beverage Association’s Balance Calories Initiative with the goal of reducing the non-alcoholic beverage calories consumed per person in Canada by 20 per cent by 2025.
In collaboration with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, we developed a labour market information supply and demand model that provides both an overview of the current Canadian agricultural labour market and forecasts to 2025 covering agricultural labour supply and demand provincially, nationally, and by commodity. See CAHRC’s web site for additional project information.
A Study of Organic Waste Reduction. Tax Incentive Options for Charitable Food Donations: Making the Business Case. Funded by the National Zero Waste Council, the report examines the business case for using a tax incentive strategy to increase the diversion of organic waste by incenting businesses to increase their donations of edible food. The expected results—increased food donations and less organic material entering the waste stream—would give rise to economic, environmental, and social returns.
A world ranking report on food safety performance. The report is a comparative study that measures and ranks Canada’s food safety performance against the food safety performance of 16 peer Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Set for late October, early November.
Commissioned by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions to help guide its business activities in food innovation. The report is a comprehensive assessment of Alberta’s Food Innovation Potential. The report outlines food innovation and industry trends, their alignment to domestic and global market opportunities, and provides advice on implementing strategies and addressing challenges.
We produced a Review of Fresh Produce Benefit-Cost Studies and Potential Ratios from Canadian Fresh Produce Checkoff Programs for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. The report provides a brief review of benefit-cost ratios and data from select U.S. and Canadian agricultural commodities. It analyzes checkoff programs for fresh produce, as well as Canadian beef and fluid milk, most commonly used for generic promotional activities, and discusses the range of potential benefit-cost ratios for the Canadian fresh produce market, in terms of promotion and research.
We undertook a review of Programs, Policies and Promotional Strategies for Produce Consumption in Canada for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, which was presented at the June 2013 Health Summit in Ottawa. Selected key findings and messages:
- Although the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are well known, Canadians self-report low fruit and vegetable consumption frequency.
- Fruit and vegetable consumption is lower for males, low income-education groups, baby boomers, and individuals who are single, smoke, have weak social interactions and who live in households with no children.
- Sustaining increased fruit and vegetable consumption often remains a challenge but it can be done.
- Numerous interventions moderately improve daily fruit intake but have minimal impact on daily vegetable intake.
- Increasing and promoting fruit and vegetable consumption, dietary changes, food choices and nutrition education is most often founded on interventions.
- Factors affecting improved fruit and vegetable intake include greater availability, and exposure to produce, as well as knowledge of recommended intake levels and health benefits.
- Past increases and successes have come from strategic collaboration, partnerships and participatory and multi-sectoral coordinated and tailored approaches and interventions.
- Schools are particularly attractive environments for effective behavioural interventions, as are homes, residences for seniors, workplaces, points of purchase, and medical clinics.
- Multiple interventions, actionable messaging and repeated campaigns over the long-term are needed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.