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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

Cultivate Africa's Future

Africa has the highest proportion of undernourished people in the world. Research has considerable potential to improve the food security situation by demonstrating how effective interventions can be undertaken. Investing in small-scale agriculture …

Latest Result

Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas

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...


News

IDRC grantee Benalaya appointed director of the École supérieure d’agriculture Mograne, in Tunisia

04/09/2014

IDRC is pleased to congratulate IDRC grantee Abdallah Benalaya on his recent appointment as director of the École supérieure d'agriculture Mograne (ESAM), in Tunisia. For the past two years Benalaya has served as lead of the IDRC-funded Virtual...

New research proposals selected by the Cultivate Africa's Future fund

05/08/2014

The Governance Committee of the Cultivate Africa's Future (CultiAF) fund has chosen six projects from its September 2013 call for proposals. The six proposals focus on post-harvest management and productivity with nutritional outcomes and...

Events

Highlight: World Food Prize winner Daniel Hillel on today’s environmental challenges

17/04/2013

The world needs to pool its intellectual and physical resources to tackle today’s environmental challenges, 2012 World Food Prize laureate Daniel Hillel told a rapt audience in Ottawa.   In a recent public talk at IDRC’s head office, the pioneer...

Highlight: Research explores solutions to climate change impacts, food insecurity in Pakistan

21/06/2012

New IDRC-funded research on climate change, water, and food security is underway in flood-devastated regions in Pakistan.A workshop organized by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics launched the project and brought together key...

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...
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 sheepExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfare

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...
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 sheepExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfare

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...
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 sheepExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfare

Latest Results

Livestock ownership plays a vital role in ensuring that households have a more diversified, higher-protein diet. But research has shown that the extent to which livestock contributes to food security depends on household dynamics — whether women own...
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 Examining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfare

Latest Results

Women's participation in livestock markets can help improve their welfare and that of their families. Understanding how and why women participate can help identify ways of increasing their participation and the benefits. Research on this issue...
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 sheepExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food security Participating in markets can help improve women’s welfare

Featured Publication

Managing natural resources in Africa's Great Lakes region

Managing natural resources in Africa's Great Lakes region

This special edition of the journal VertigO highlights how post-conflict societies can strengthen environmental and good governance practices in community-based natural resource management. Drawing on IDRC-supported research conducted in the African...

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