September 22, 2017
Request for Expressions of Interest: Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance Launch and Extension Resources
Climate change projections for more variable conditions across the seasons will increase the complexity of management for agriculture. Local research, including evaluation of technologies, practices and production systems, will support producers with managing through a range of conditions. Effective sharing of research results and knowledge transfer is also a high priority for Cariboo producers.
Completed in June of 2017, the Cariboo – Regional Research Alliance / Organization Model project resulted in a model for a sustainable regional research alliance that will involve the Cariboo region’s agricultural organizations, as well as other key research partners. This project brought groups together to identify their priorities and potential roles and contributions. This project also compiled and organized existing Cariboo-focused informational and research resources. The model that has been identified as the best fit for the Cariboo region is a university or college led and producer-directed alliance model.
Local engagement through the Cariboo – Regional Research Alliance / Organization Model project consisted of two workshops, a series of four community meetings and one-on-one meetings with key individuals in the region. In total, participants from 32 organizations expressed interest in being involved. The project successfully engaged local organizations and created enthusiasm for the alliance, identified a promising model and consolidated existing research. Additional steps are now needed to support the initial development phase of the Alliance. This will help to solidify the partnerships and put in place the “infrastructure” for the Alliance to achieve its mandate.
This project includes four main tasks, which are described further in the EOI .pdf below:
- Database refinement, policy and promotion;
- Applied research fact sheets/summaries;
- Development of CARA infrastructure; and
- Regional events to share topical research and further develop the Alliance structure
Overarching goal: To strengthen the capacity of agricultural operations to manage through variable conditions.
The overall objectives associated with this project are to:
- Refine and promote the Cariboo agricultural research database
- Share findings of recently completed local applied research
- Formally launch the Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance
- Build local capacity and resources to maintain the Alliance