findings DID THE PRAIRIE ORGANIC GRAIN INITIATIVE INCREASE COLLABORATION IN THE ORGANIC SECTOR? -- YES.
The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative aimed to address issues that are complex and not able to be solved by individual organizations or individual regions. The model for POGI aimed to increase collaboration in the sector, largely by forming steering and advisory committees made up of members of the three organic associations from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, farmers, industry, POGI funders, and government. Evaluation findings suggested that this model has been effective for increasing discussion, identifying the gaps in the sector, and putting action into place to address those gaps. The project also significantly increased the funding available to address the gaps, transforming the sector and creating a foundation to continue this work in the future. 3 Provincial Organizations 15+ Sponsors and Industry Funders 30+ Teleconferences and Sharing Sessions 25+ Industry representatives, farmers, and organic association representatives on advisory committees
“That collaboration is there - that has built trust. Inviting the bigger brands in the supply chain has lent credibility to the farmers.” - Funder
“They are already forging a path, building a foundation on which other more tangible improvements can be built.” - Researcher
“Overall, really really impressed with what they have done/ achieved. Quite transformational.” - Farmer and Consultant
Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Final Evaluation