Farm Management Canada (FMC) announced the publication of “The Way Forward: Supporting the Business Management Needs of Indigenous Producers,” a new research report examining the business management needs of Indigenous agricultural producers.
“The Way Forward” was made possible through the participation of Aboriginal farm business owners from coast to coast who participated in surveys, focus groups and interviews.
This survey highlights two pieces of information.
The first being the desire of native producers to have more training in business management. Second, this study confirms findings from other reports showing the growing number of indigenous people working in agriculture to build community, economic opportunity and food self-determination.
The report identified five high-level recommendations with specific recommendations for each.
The five recommendations are:
1. Build lasting relationships with Indigenous communities
2. Increase awareness and access to indigenous agricultural opportunities and support programs
3. Improve indigenous educational opportunities
4. Expand Indigenous Support Services
5. Improve Indigenous research and analysis
Farm Management Canada engaged the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council with advice from its Indigenous Advisory Council to conduct this study. The work was supported by Bayer, Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Canola Producers Association.