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Feds relaunch ag adaptation program

A new five-year, $163 million Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) has been launched in place of the expiring Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) plan.

As was the case with ACAAF, projects funded under CAAP will be proposal-based and originate from industry, the federal government said Thursday in announcing the program.

CAAP, the government said, “encourages the agricultural industry to work in partnerships across the value chain — farmers, processors, distributors, and retailers — to develop and use innovative solutions and to explore new market opportunities. Projects will address a range of challenges and opportunities including in the areas of traceability, environment, pests and diseases.”

CAAP is designed not to duplicate activities funded by other federal, provincial, or territorial sources, the government said.

There are national, regional and multi-regional components to CAAP, for which eligible recipients for any of the three components of CAAP must be legal Canadian entities including, but not limited to, individuals, organizations, associations, co-ops, marketing boards, corporations, aboriginal groups, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Federal, provincial and territorial government departments or agencies, universities and colleges are not eligible.

As was also the case in ACAAF, the regional aspect of CAAP will be delivered by industry councils in each province and territory across the country. The national aspect, delivered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will fund eligible projects that are national in scope, the government said.

CAAP will focus on “concrete industry-led initiatives to help bring innovative ideas to market.” For projects that are national in scope, national industry organizations and other eligible applicants may apply for national CAAP funding through AAFC’s adaptation division, through an open application process.

For regional projects, AAFC will maintain its “unique” delivery system of partnering with industry councils by having them deliver CAAP in the regions. Applicants should contact the industry council in their province or territory to access regional or multi-regional funding.

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