The BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative (CAI) develops tools and resources that increase the capacity of agriculture to adapt to climate change. CAI envisions a future where sustained and enhanced agricultural production serves as an economic stabilizer amid the impacts of climate change in BC.
Between 2008 and 2012, CAI developed and delivered a number of projects related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The BC Agriculture Climate Change Action Plan (full plan or summary) was released in 2010, followed by the Adaptation Risk & Opportunity Assessment Series, six reports summarizing climate impacts for key commodities across five BC regions.
In 2013, the focus of CAI’s work shifted to climate change adaptation through the delivery of two programs. One program addresses broad, regional-level issues and one program focuses on farm-level issues:
Shared objectives of both CAI programs are to strengthen collaborative relationships and build networks while improving knowledge and informational resources within the agriculture sector.
Funding is provided by the governments of Canada and British Columbia under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, and is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC and the BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation.
CAI was established in 2008 through a partnership of the BC Agriculture Council and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC to enable a proactive and pan-agriculture approach to climate change issues.