Canada has signed an agriculture research agreement with Germany.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Christian Schmidt, German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, signed the deal during the long weekend on Prince Edward Island.
The two countries will work closer together in four areas of agricultural research:
Sustainable agriculture and climate change, particularly in the areas of protecting soil and water and breeding crops that are more resistant to the effects of climate change;
Agri-food, including crop breeding for nutrition and health and reducing food waste and loss;
Sharing best management practices for knowledge and technology transfer to farmers and industry, and
Personnel exchange, including exchanges of scientists and students between Canada and Germany to build on opportunities for collaboration.
Germany has been a strong science partner with AAFC for over a decade, especially in the areas of crop development and animal health, said a news release issued by the Canadian government.
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will give Canadian farmers, processors and exporters duty-free access to more than half a billion consumers across the EU, the world's largest import market for agriculture and agri-food.
CETA has, however, yet to be ratified by the countries that are part of the European Union.