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Let’s ditch the silos: towards an integrated agri-food policy framework

By Don Buckingham      

By adopting a whole-of-government approach and rolling out a strategy for strong economic and environmental performance, the export potential of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector can be realized.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau should be part of a whole-of-government approach to grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector, says Don Buckingham. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Canadian government has identified the agriculture and agri-food sector as an engine of growth, with some pretty ambitious targets over the next decade. The 2017 Barton Report by the government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth proposed that Canada should boost its agriculture exports by $11-billion and its agri-food exports by $19-billion by 2027.

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