HCBC encourages members to get informed and embrace adaptive measures within their farm practices to mitigate any losses brought on by climate change. The CAI has excellent resources regarding fire, flood, pest, drought and other challenges.

The Climate & Agriculture Initiative BC (CAI) supports the province’s agriculture sector with adapting to climate change.

  • Create networks and foster partnerships and collaboration
  • Implement projects to demonstrate, test and evaluate approaches and practices
  • Develop resources and tools
  • Share information and transfer knowledge

CAI was established in 2008 through a partnership of the BC Agriculture Council and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC. This model enabled a proactive and pan-agriculture approach to climate change.

Today, CAI continues with this model as it delivers the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries’ climate change adaptation programs. The two key programs are:

  • the Regional Adaptation Program, which focuses on regional-level strategic planning and project implementation
  • the Farm Adaptation Innovator Program, which focuses on farm-level applied research projects

Through these programs and provincial-level work, CAI brings together agricultural organizations, producers, government and researchers to collaboratively address climate change challenges.

CAI also works closely with the BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network (ACARN), which it helped establish in 2017. This collaboration helps build capacity for agricultural adaptation research and increase extension of results.

Feel free to browse the    Tools & Resources Library

The climate change adaptation programs are funded by the provincial and federal governments. Agricultural organizations, local governments, NGOs and other partners provide additional project-specific funding and in-kind support.

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BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, PO Box 8248, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 3R9