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Agriculture and Environment
Where agriculture, development, and environmental sustainability meet

Food, water, and a healthy environment are essential to human well-being. They are also building blocks for more sustainable and equitable development. But these resources are threatened around the world—more so in developing countries.

IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program recognizes that the key to providing these essentials is to increase agricultural productivity and food and water security, while ensuring environmental sustainability. We support research that fosters sound environmental management policies and long-term economic development that benefits local communities.

Agriculture and Food Security

Food demand is expected to double by 2050. We support research that will help meet this growing need. The focus: helping small-scale farmers in developing countries increase their production of healthy food, and get higher returns for their...

Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

Food security is a complex issue facing one billion undernourished people around the world. Through the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, IDRC and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) work together to support...

Climate Change and Water

Climate change is affecting both water availability and quality. We support research to help the world’s most vulnerable people adapt to the water-related impacts of climate change, such as droughts, floods, landslides, and rising sea levels.

Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia

Certain areas of the world are especially vulnerable to extreme natural effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, changes in precipitation patterns, and glacial melt...

Ecosystems and Human Health

The world’s poor often live in degraded ecosystems that are both unproductive and harmful to health. Climate change, expanding agriculture, and increased industrialization are adding to the risk. We fund research in developing countries that tackles...

Environmental Economics

Attempts to address environmental problems in developing countries typically face cost constraints and other obstacles. We support regional networks that strengthen local capacity for the economic analysis of environmental problems, so that...

Latest Results

The state of Punjab spearheaded the Green Revolution that has transformed Indian agriculture. Encouraged by price guarantees, expanded irrigation, and the introduction of high-yielding crop varieties, Punjabi farmers have shifted toward intensive...
Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaReducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas

Latest Results

Livestock diseases have a major impact on farmers’ lives in sub-Saharan Africa. South African and Canadian scientists are developing two livestock vaccines that will be affordable, heat-stable, and provide long-term protection against diseases.   ...
Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agriculture Five diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaReducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas

Latest Results

Tourism is an important driver of economic growth throughout Southeast Asia. However, a booming tourism industry has caused dramatic changes to populations and ecosystems through rapid urbanization, extensive land development, and the exploitation...
Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan Africa Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas

Latest Results

Vector-borne diseases are a significant public health concern in Latin America and the Caribbean and are responsible for one million years of potential life loss due to premature death or disability. Building on over a decade of ecohealth research...
Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaReducing the risk of rabies in Bali Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanStrengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas

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...
Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaReducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the Caribbean Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas
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