5 April 2017

The University of Guelph recently announced the establishment of the Arrell Food Institute whose mission is to transform the global food economy, with the university’s largest-ever single donation of $20 million from the Arrell Family Foundation. According to the university, the institute will “bring together cutting-edge research, agricultural expertise, big data, environmental science, business and civil society.” 2014 fellow Evan Fraser, who currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, has been chosen to direct the Institute.

“The same technologies that created the Internet and are transforming medicine are now being applied to farmers’ fields and to food processing factories — we can produce more food on less land using fewer inputs,” noted Fraser, who firmly believes that this new institute will “help U of G and Canada to lead the agri-food revolution.”

Read more about the Arrell Food Institute here.

Evan Fraser

A global expert in food security, Professor Fraser raises awareness of the social and environmental consequences of food price volatility and looks for ways to reduce waste in global food systems.

2014 Fellows