Designing Crops for Global Food Security

P2IRC’s seven-year innovative research and training program, Designing Crops for Global Food Security, will transform crop breeding and provide innovative solutions to national and global food security. The program builds upon the Global Institute for Food Security’s (GIFS) focus on computational agriculture to enhance the U of S biosciences cluster - one of the largest clusters of food-related researchers in the world.

P2IRC will combine the sciences of plant bioinformatics and genomics with crop phenotyping (the identification of useful traits) using advanced image acquisition technologies, high-performance computing, and impactful socioeconomic analyses.

Technologies and expertise developed at P2IRC will elevate Canada’s position as a global powerhouse in agricultural research and lead to commercial spin-offs involving field and aerial sensors, satellite imaging, robotics, and big data analytics.

Quick Facts

Structure and Governance

The governance structure of our program includes leadership from the University of Saskatchewan and the Global Institute for Food Security, and five advisory committees – an Institutional Oversight Committee (IOC), Executive Research Committee (ERC), International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC), Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), and an End-User Committee (EUC).


Maurice Moloney and Karen Chad

With U of S Vice-President Research, Karen Chad, providing oversight, P2IRC is managed by Maurice Moloney, Executive Director and CEO of GIFS. P2IRC's leadership is building a talented and multi-disciplinary team across the U of S campus and with collaborating Canadian and international universities and centres.