AgriRisk Initiatives: Research and Development Contribution Funding Stream: Step 1. What this program offers

Important notice

The AgriRisk Initiatives: Research and Development Contribution Funding Stream is now open.

Project Summaries are accepted on a continuous basis until program funds have been allocated, or until otherwise posted on this website.

Step 1. What this program offers

The AgriRisk Initiatives (ARI) is a five-year program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that supports the development of new risk management tools. It is divided into three program components:

Total ARI program funding is approximately $55 million over five years, with the program ending March 31, 2023.

ARI R&D Stream - Contribution Funding

The ARI R&D stream prioritizes projects involving new financial tools which allow producers to manage a defined business risk.

Eligible activities include:

  • data collection, analysis and modeling (using satellite data, sensor data, large datasets, machine learning, etc.)
  • actuarial work into potential financial tools
  • testing / determining the feasibility of implementing financial tools, including those available in other jurisdictions

Issues that can be addressed are, but not limited to:

  • responding to diseases in livestock and crops
  • protecting producers from severe market price fluctuations
  • coverage for producers’ revenue risk
  • protecting against loss from contracts in new markets

Financial tools include insurance products, options / futures / price pooling and other hedging tools.

Other activities that may be considered for support, targeting minor and emerging agricultural sectors (such as new or minor crops, etc.), include the development of new:

  • risk assessments and strategies
  • educational and decision making tools to manage risk

Projects under ARI R&D should also:

  • include financial support from the applicant
  • demonstrate appropriate stakeholder involvement and support (producers, financial insurance/re-insurance companies/reciprocals, etc.)
  • focus on defined risks
  • address major risks beyond those considered normal business or on-farm risks (normal risks are considered those that have a high probability of occurrence)

Ineligible project activities or objectives under ARI R&D include those that:

  • update or maintain existing tools, such as software applications
  • duplicate the work of projects already funded or being funded under AgriRisk or through other AAFC programs
  • carryout ongoing business/operations
  • influence or lobby government(s)