Emerging research and theories suggest that the solution may lie in enhancing agroecosystem resilience through ecological intensification and diversification. Our research aims to assess how regenerative farming practices such as intercropping, cover cropping, crop-livestock integration and the strategic placement of non-crop areas within agricultural landscapes can provide opportunities to balance productivity and farm profitability with environmental benefits to soil health, water quality and biodiversity.
The Canadian Prairie Agroecosystem Resilience Network (CPARNet) was conceived and designed to systematically study and experimentally intensify on-farm diversity to assess interactions among multiple indicators of resilience across the Prairies using a participatory, systems-based approach that integrates diverse metrics and engages producers in all aspects of the research design, implementation and interpretation.
CPARNet researchers have expertise in crop and livestock production, soil health, wetland function, biodiversity and socio-economics. Members of the network consist of over 40 academics and 20 non-academic researchers from 7 universities, along with 30+ supporting organizations – representing a diverse research community, provincial and federal governments, individual producers and producer groups, agricultural industry representatives, crop insurance agencies, non-governmental organizations and a First Nations community.
CPARNet’s vision is to evaluate innovative and adaptive solutions that enhance Canada’s agricultural landscapes using a coordinated interdisciplinary scientific and participatory research approach.