The federal government is giving $734,806 to help five organizations increase the participation of under-represented groups in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry, a May 31 news release said.
“The agriculture sector has everything to gain from growing its diversity at a time when career and business opportunities are multiplying, from the farm to the laboratory, and through new technologies,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, said in the release.
The funding is being provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriDiversity Program. Recipients include:
- The Fédération des Agricultrices du Québec — $315,301
- The Native Women’s Association of Canada — $136,954
- Indigenous Works — $123,406
- The Canadian Federation of Agriculture — $82,389
- The Do More Agriculture Foundation — $76,756
The release noted projects being undertaken by these organizations will open doors for Canadians of diverse backgrounds, creating new opportunities in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry. Projects include a national project to address systemic barriers facing women trying to succeed in agriculture, local initiatives to empower Indigenous peoples to create business opportunities through traditional food and medicine, and national research to address gaps in mental health support for under-represented groups working in agriculture.