Product Development and Enhancement Through Value Chains Research Theme (2008-2012)

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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the University of Guelph (UofG) signed a new and enhanced Partnership agreement on April 28, 2009 for research, laboratory services and veterinary clinical education.

Product Development and Enhancement Through Value Chains Research Theme is one of seven themes that are funded by the Partnership. Value chain management is the purposeful action of businesses operating along a value chain to utilize their combined resources and capabilities. By such cooperation, they can achieve commercial outcomes that would be unattainable if acting in isolation. Product development through the value chain focuses on strategies for encouraging and managing value chains. The development of products through a consumer pull process will be emphasized.

Theme News

The most recent items are listed first. Check the research news archive for older news items.

April 2011

Launch of new Research Management System (RMS)- OMAFRA is now using an e-grant system for managing Ministry-funded research programs.

January 2011

Agri-Food and Rural Link KTT Funding Program (OMAFRA-University of Guelph partnership)

List of successful KTT Projects from the Fall Call 2010 - 11 projects were funded for a total of $635,000.

November 2010

Harnessing natures medicine - 2010 Agri-Food Yearbook - This second edition of the OMAFRA-UofG Partnership, Agri-Food yearbook focuses on sustainability from an economic, social and environmental view point.

Research Programs Related to this Theme

Product Development and Enhancement through Value Chains (2008-2012) encompasses food product development and enhancement, the use of waste streams, market analysis, consumer behaviour, high value functional ingredients, tracebilities technologies and quality and safety assured supply chains. This program has funding opportunities (with University of Guelph Principal Researcher). Summaries of funded projects can be searched through the University website.

Research Priorities for this Theme

An expert panel met during the summer of 2008 to determine the long term, strategic priorities for the Product Development and Enhancement through Value Chains Research Theme.

The Other Research Themes funded through the Partnership

Knowledge Transfer and Translation Activities

Accelerating the transformation of knowledge into use – that is Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT). KTT is a new emphasis in the partnership between OMAFRA and the University of Guelph.

KTT is the synthesis, exchange and application of knowledge resulting from interactions among university researchers, OMAFRA, stakeholders of OFMAFRA and the University of Guelph and the public.

A team of OMAFRA and University of Guelph staff are working to increase the practical application of knowledge created from research.


Regarding Programs:

Simon Berge toll free at 1-888-466-2372 ex. 63535 or locally at 519-826-3535

Regarding Knowledge Translation and Transfer:

Barbara Dillingham toll free at 1-888-466-2372 ex. 63162 or locally at 519-826-3162

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-888-466-2372 ext. 64554
Local: (519) 826-4554
Author: Simon Berge, Research Analyst/RIB
Creation Date: 03 September 2009
Last Reviewed: 28 November 2012