This project, formerly known as the Sustainable Farm and Food Initiative, was developed by a coalition of Ontario farm organizations in collaboration with representatives from the food and beverage sector, academia, and non-government organizations. From the work completed to date, an evolution of SFFI into a national initiative is the next critical step, therefore, a national leadership committee is required as well as a more inclusive name. As a result, the Canadian Agri-Food Sustainability Initiative (CASI) is was developed.
With an understanding of the sector’s needs through a consultation process that included stakeholders across the value chain, the need for such an initiative was evident. The goal of CASI is to provide a one-stop repository for Canadian agri-food supply chain sustainability data, programs, tools, and collaboration. This will mitigate the disruptive effects of operational changes required to increase sustainability, as well as maximize the benefits of implementing sustainability assurance across the supply chain, starting with farmers. While standards, legislation, and programs have sought to solve this crisis in various ways, CASI provides a clearing house where these tools, programs, and collaboration can take place. CASI is the place for dialogue and distribution of metrics, communications and tools that meet the needs of end-users, without compromising the ability of the farmer to be a part of the discussion and grow in partnership with the supply chain, in the spirit of continuous improvement.