Multi-Year Development Plan for Yukon Agriculture
The Government of Yukon (Agriculture Branch) contracted Upland Agricultural Consulting to update the Multi-Year Development Plan (MYDP) for Yukon Agriculture. The MYDP captures the present (2022) state of Yukon’s agriculture and agri-food industry, and provides a well-researched, realistic vision and road-map for future sector development over the next 5 years. The MYDP will serve as a guiding document to inform both private and public investment in Yukon’s agriculture and agri-food industry. The MYDP is intended to be relevant and useful for First Nations, territorial, federal and municipal governments, investors, the agriculture and agri-food industry, including producers, processors and retailers, and NGOs that intersect with the agriculture and food sector.
To develop the MYDP, engagement during the process was vital in ensuring that key themes and recommendations represent the needs of the agri-food industry now and into the future. Engagement activities included attending conferences; facilitating focus group sessions with producers and government staff; conducting over 50 interviews with First Nations, farmers, ranchers, industry associations, food retailers, food processors, and government representatives; conducting over 25 in-person site visits to First Nations communities and farms in the vicinity of Whitehorse, Lake Laberge, Carcross Tagish, Marsh Lake, Dawson City and Mayo.
Key deliverables included an Engagement Plan and Summary Report, a Market Capacity for Yukon Foods and Agricultural Products Memo, and the MYDP Interim Report.