Global Institute Established for Food Security
The Province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. has launched the Global Institute for Food Security to develop solutions to feed a growing world population.
With a $35 million donation from PotashCorp and $15 million from the Saskatchewan province over the next seven years, Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) will use its unique resources, innovation, and expertise to address the increasing global demand for safe and reliable food. The donation is one of the largest corporate donations for university research in Canada.
“The plan for growth positions Saskatchewan as a global leader in food security and innovation by 2020,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said. “Advancing Saskatchewan’s agricultural advantage allows us to significantly increase the global food supply - our moral obligation as a good global citizen – while building the next economy, an innovation economy, here at home.”
The institute will be based at the University of Saskatchewan, and will strive to find new solutions in crop production systems through new investments in technological, economic, nutritional, and environmental improvements to the food supply system at home and around the world. The institute will also develop transferable solutions that can be applied to relevant regions and partnerships around the world.