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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

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 Award-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanEcohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast Asia

Latest Results

An innovative planter that can make ridges and sow seeds at the bottom of the furrows at the same time is set to boost productivity of sorghum farming in Sudan.   Planting sorghum at the bottom of furrows has been recommended as a way to conserve...
Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas Award-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanEcohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast Asia

Latest Results

From August 11-15, 2014, ecohealth researchers and practitioners from around the world will convene in Montréal for the Ecohealth 2014 Conference. Ecohealth 2014 marks the 5th biennial conference of the International Association for Ecology and...
Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas Award-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in Sudan Ecohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast Asia

Latest Results

Agricultural production is rapidly expanding in Southeast Asia. While this can lead to improved food security, nutrition, and income in the region, it also increases the risk of disease, exposure to chemicals, and the loss of biodiversity. The...
Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas Award-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanEcohealth Conferences: Events Highlights Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast Asia

Latest Results

Since the widespread outbreaks of avian influenza in China and Southeast Asia in the early 2000s, government policies intended to reduce the risk of future outbreaks have led to thousands of small-scale poultry farmers moving to designated poultry...
Strengthening resilient livelihoods to reduce poverty in West Africa’s semi-arid areas Award-winning machine boosts sorghum farming in SudanEcohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast Asia Transforming poultry production in Southeast Asia
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