"We greatly appreciate and thank Viterra for its significant funding commitment," Roger Beachy, founding executive director and CEO for the institute stated. "The GIFS is focused on global food solutions. With the world's population increasing at a rate of approximately 200,000 people per day, or 70 million per year, the Institute will address the growing global demand for safe, reliable food and sustainable crop production through sponsorship of pre-eminent agriculture research and leading innovation. The ‘bioscience cluster' of industry, business and academia in Saskatchewan related to agriculture and food production is one of the strongest of its type in North America and its support is important to GIFS' success. Leading companies and partners such as Viterra whose enterprises foster and depend on agriculture and food are helping make the institute viable and successful in this mission."
As part of the agreement, Viterra will also provide the Institute with land adjacent to its rural facilities, and through its strong customer relationships, identify farmer participants for GIFS' research field trials. Demonstration sites are integral to the success of research initiatives supporting GIFS' agronomic research going forward.
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Betty Anne Stevenson
Director, Communications and Marketing
Global Institute for Food Security