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The Global Institute for Food Security [GIFS]

works with a diverse range of partners to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions for the production of globally sustainable food.

We invest in relevant technology platforms that provide scale and transform our scientific competencies and capabilities into capacities for stakeholders, making us a catalyst for partnerships and innovation world-wide.

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Finding solutions to the challenges facing the global food system requires an innovative approach that moves at the speed of business.

Why Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan is uniquely positioned to lead the world’s efforts to address the issue of food insecurity. Arable land, numerous commodity areas, strong agricultural exports

At 651,900 km2, Saskatchewan is a vast and expansive network of farmland and urban development. Saskatchewan has 44% of Canada’s arable farmland totalling more than 60 million acres.


Canada's chickpeas


Canada's flaxseed


Canada's lentils


Canada's dry peas


Canada's durum wheat


Canada's canola

Founding Partners

  • - Ken Seitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nutrien

    Achieving global food security is central to Nutrien’s Purpose to grow our world from the ground up, and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) is doing incredibly important work in this area. Saskatchewan is one of the world’s strongest agri-science ecosystems, and we’re proud to partner with GIFS, the Province and the University of Saskatchewan, to help bring innovations to market that will help farmers succeed in sustainably feeding a growing planet to realize Nutrien’s Feeding the Future plan commitments.

    Nutrien is committed to helping growers around the world increase food production in a sustainable manner. The Global Institute for Food Security shares this vision and has created a model that capitalizes on the expertise at the University of Saskatchewan and focuses on innovation in the agricultural industry in Canada and developing countries around the world.
  • - The Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan

    The plan for growth positions Saskatchewan as a global leader in food security and innovation by 2020. 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 Government of Saskatchewan invested CDN $15 million over seven years. GIFS will apply Saskatchewan’s unique resources, innovation and expertise to address the increasing global demand for safe, reliable food.
  • - Peter Stoicheff, President and Vice-Chancellor

    Over the past century, the University of Saskatchewan, a globally renowned centre of excellence in agriculture and food-system related research, has led far-sighted research and innovation to help grow a province and feed a growing nation. Now, through this innovative partnership and its bold vision, we are building on our strengths, world-class facilities, and expertise to provide new research solutions that will help feed a growing world.

    University of Saskatchewan, a globally renowned centre of excellence in agriculture and food-system related research, has contributed its world-class facilities and expertise critical to GIFS’ success.