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Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
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Funding food security solutions
 
Around the world, a lack of food security affects an estimated one billion people. To meet global needs, food production must double by 2030. Yet while demand for food grows, so too do the mounting problems of environmental degradation, decreasing water resources, and loss of fertile soil.
 
At IDRC, improving food security through research is one of our key activities. To meet this goal, the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund supports applied research that combats hunger and poverty.

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For more detailed information on individual projects visit the Projects and Results pages.
 

Events

Highlight: Research to feed Africa symposium highlights practical solutions

23/06/2014

More than 120 food security researchers gathered recently to share research findings and practical solutions aimed at improving the productivity, income, and nutrition of African smallholder farmers.   Researchers from Canada and nine African...

Asia-Pacific consultation on the role of family farming in the 21st century

07/08/2014

​A Regional Consultation for the Asia-Pacific region on the Role of Family Farming in the 21st Century: Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025 will take place in Chennai, India, August 7-10, 2014. The event commemorates the UN International...

News

IDRC announces the 2015 Research Awards

06/06/2014

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues...

IDRC grantee honoured for work improving farming practices in Nigeria

07/04/2014

Nigeria's Osun State University has won the Southwest Nigeria Outstanding University of the Year Award for 2014. The university was recognized for its research project aimed at improving nutrition, incomes, and food security for Nigeria’s rural...

 
 
 
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Latest Results

In developing countries, lack of dietary diversity is one of the key factors behind malnutrition and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.   Small millets, grown as a complement to existing crops, could offer an answer...
Small millets, big potential: diverse, nutritious, and climate smartHome gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowermentImproving womens' lives in Cambodia through fish on farmsIncreasing gender equality among small millet farmers in South AsiaIntegrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots

Latest Results

Working in three regions of India where local agricultural diversity is being lost to large-scale cash and industrial cropping, the Alleviation of Poverty and Malnutrition (APM) project aims to enhance food and nutrition security and build the...
Small millets, big potential: diverse, nutritious, and climate smart Home gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowermentImproving womens' lives in Cambodia through fish on farmsIncreasing gender equality among small millet farmers in South AsiaIntegrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots

Latest Results

In Cambodia, rural diets typically lack protein and micronutrients, leading to high rates of stunting in children and anemia in women. Since 1998, Helen Keller International (HKI) has supported women in homestead-level production of nutrient-rich...
Small millets, big potential: diverse, nutritious, and climate smartHome gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowerment Improving womens' lives in Cambodia through fish on farmsIncreasing gender equality among small millet farmers in South AsiaIntegrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots

Latest Results

One reason for the decline in small millet cultivation is the drudgery involved in their processing, a task that traditionally falls to women. The Revalorizing small millets in South Asia (RESMISA) project has had a special focus on women, working...
Small millets, big potential: diverse, nutritious, and climate smartHome gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowermentImproving womens' lives in Cambodia through fish on farms Increasing gender equality among small millet farmers in South AsiaIntegrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots

Latest Results

In Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, monocropping of a single, non-edible variety of cassava for the starch industry has resulted in increased disease prevalence, soil erosion, and a loss in local crop diversity, affecting food security and climate...
Small millets, big potential: diverse, nutritious, and climate smartHome gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowermentImproving womens' lives in Cambodia through fish on farmsIncreasing gender equality among small millet farmers in South Asia Integrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots

Featured Publication

Highlight: Private sector could play a major role in feeding Africa

Highlight: Private sector could play a major role in feeding Africa

Experts working on diverse issues surrounding agriculture and food security met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 1, 2014 at the "Research to Feed Africa" high level policy dialogue. The dialogue aimed to discuss the role of science...

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