The One NS report has outlined “university research in Nova Scotia forms a disproportionate percentage of the total provincial R&D as compared to the Canadian average. In 2011, our higher education system accounted for 74% of all R&D expenditures in Nova Scotia versus 38% for Canada as a whole. Private business generates more than half of this spending in Canada but accounts for only 15% in this province.” Agriculture is a great example of an industry that can and does benefit from research!
Agri-Futures Nova Scotia is working to foster elements that will grow research and innovation in agriculture in Nova Scotia. Assisting the development of partnerships and collaborations will help to work through goal 12 of the report “GOAL 12: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS: The number of research and development partnerships between business enterprises and Nova Scotia universities and the Community College will have doubled from an average of 1,000 per year to 2,000 per year.”
We will also work to enhance the knowledge of private venture capital and other investment sources, and to build knowledge, skill and experience in the commercialization process.
Agri-Futures NS is excited to be hosting research and networking events for agriculture and related industries.