Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

This member contributed to:

    • Long-term implementation of a network of agroecosystem living labs across Canada

      As described at COP15 in Montreal, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been building a nationwide network of agroecosystem living labs that bring together farmers, scientists, and stakeholders to collaborate and co-develop, test, and evaluate new solutions to tackle climate change and other agri-environmental challenges, including biodiversity. 

      AAFC’s first living labs program, the Living Laboratories Initiative (2018–2023), consisted of 4 living labs that focused on innovations to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect soil and water quality, and maximize biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Starting in 2021, this network has been scaled up under the new Agricultural Climate Solutions – Living Labs program (2021–2031), which consists of a network of 14 living labs across Canada, with over 1000 people now directly involved in more than 200 innovation activities. 
      Submitted by Chris McPhee (AAFC Innovation Management Specialist) on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Agroecosystem Living Labs Network (CALL-Net) Biodiversity Working Group, led by Melanie Dubois (AAFC Senior Riparian and Biodiversity Biologist) and Lauren Des Marteaux (AAFC Field Crop Entomologist / Research Scientist, Sustainable Production Systems).