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Agriculture and Food Security
Reducing poverty and improving food security through small-scale agriculture
 
With more than 1 billion undernourished people, the world faces critical food challenges—rising costs, extreme price fluctuations, and food demand that’s expected to double within 40 years.
 
IDRC works to enhance food security through small-scale farming and environmentally sustainable food production. To achieve that goal, we support research that will:
  • increase yields and incomes from small-scale farming
  • provide food to meet the needs of rural and urban consumers
  • ensure more equitable food distribution to the world’s poorest
Our work focuses on innovation, technological improvements, and better agri-food policies that will promote sustainability and be truly effective, now and for future generations.

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Latest Project

African Green Revolution Forum

This project supports efforts to bring change to Africa through agricultural transformation. The grant will fund the participation of IDRC partners, grantees, and staff at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The event offers a platform to …

Latest Result

Improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling...


News

New research call: Scaling Up Food Security and Nutrition Innovations

02/02/2015

Canada’s International Development Research Centre and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada are pleased to announce the 2015 Open Call for Proposals under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.   With a strong focus on...

New research to address food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa

17/12/2014

IDRC and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) have announced five new projects to be supported under the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) Fund.CultiAF, a four-year, $15-million partnership between the two agencies...

Events

Highlight: Ensuring food security through cross-border collaboration

28/05/2015

​On May 26, 2015, IDRC held a roundtable on "Food Security for South Asian Regional Stability," in its Asia Regional Office in New Delhi. In attendance were Theressa de Haan, First Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, High Commission...

Highlight: Unleashing women’s potential to achieve Africa’s Green Revolution

01/09/2014

A recent session jointly organized by the African Union, UN Women, and Canada's International Development Research Centre brought together stakeholders to discuss how to reduce gender inequalities and support women smallholder farmers within...

Latest Results

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas KariaNet: Insights on knowledge sharing Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

Latest Results

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. Food security research supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), is reducing poverty and improving livelihoods in rural communities in...
Improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean Food security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas KariaNet: Insights on knowledge sharing Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

Latest Results

Despite the success of research and development activities in integrating crop and livestock production, few West African communities are adopting these technologies. The challenge in promoting a mixed dairy and market garden farming system is...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast Asia Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas KariaNet: Insights on knowledge sharing Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

Latest Results

KariaNet is a regional network improving knowledge-sharing on agriculture and rural development, to help the rural poor in the Middle East overcome poverty. KariaNet drew practitioners and farmers together in 10 countries in the region, equipping...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas KariaNet: Insights on knowledge sharing Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

Latest Results

Raising sheep is an important economic activity in Mali, especially for women. But fodder shortages and high feed costs limit sheep production, especially during the dry season. Canadian and Malian researchers have found that the leaves of three...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas KariaNet: Insights on knowledge sharing Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

Featured Publication

Research improves secure access </br>to nutritious food

Research improves secure access
to nutritious food

Since its inception, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has worked with researchers and smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and affordable food. Research has improved...

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