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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

Undernourishment and Public Policy in India

Scientists, donors, and Indian policymakers are puzzled why India has the highest percentage of undernourished children in the world. This project explores the reasons why the country's high economic growth rate has not translated into better …

Latest Result

Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

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...


News

IDRC grantee honoured as outstanding African scientist by African Union Commission

10/02/2014

André Bationo, Chairman of the Africa Soil Health Consortium in Accra, Ghana, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Continental Edition of the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards as African Outstanding Scientist. The award, offered by the African...

CultiAF announces short list for 2014 research proposals

07/02/2014

Cultivate Africa's Future (CultiAF) has announced a short list of proposals selected under its September 2013 call for concept notes. Eleven applications out of 171 submissions will be developing full proposals.   CultiAF is a 4-year, $15 million...

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...

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

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...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheepFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

Latest Results

South African and Canadian scientists are developing two innovative livestock vaccines that are affordable and heat-stable, while giving long-term protection.With the 5-in-1 vaccine, a single injection will protect goats, sheep, and cattle against...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep Five diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

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...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheepFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South Africa Examining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

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...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheepFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food security Participating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

Latest Results

While women make up more than 40% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, they control less land than men and are less likely to use purchased inputs such as fertilizers. They also participate less in agricultural markets as a...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheepFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfare Mainstreaming gender issues in livestock research
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