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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

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 sheepUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food securityFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaBridging gender gaps with dairy goats and root cropsBringing benefits of chickpea to more men and women farmers in southern Ethiopia

Latest Results

A smartphone application developed with IDRC support is helping primary animal health workers (PAHWs) in Laos PDR to quickly and accurately answer questions and treat poultry. The app is also helping farmers raise healthier animals and improve their...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep Using smartphones to improve animal health and food securityFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaBridging gender gaps with dairy goats and root cropsBringing benefits of chickpea to more men and women farmers in southern Ethiopia

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 sheepUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food security Five diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaBridging gender gaps with dairy goats and root cropsBringing benefits of chickpea to more men and women farmers in southern Ethiopia

Latest Results

Introducing dairy goats in semi-arid regions of Tanzania has led to farmers earning US$160 from milk sales during the first lactation, as well as an increase in household milk consumption.   In these trials led by Canadian and Tanzanian...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheepUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food securityFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South Africa Bridging gender gaps with dairy goats and root cropsBringing benefits of chickpea to more men and women farmers in southern Ethiopia

Latest Results

Ethiopian and Canadian researchers are finding ways to expand chickpea production technologies in the Ethiopian highlands, where authorities had not expected this crop to be viable. In the first six months, the project has expanded its reach from 45...
Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheepUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food securityFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in South AfricaBridging gender gaps with dairy goats and root crops Bringing benefits of chickpea to more men and women farmers in southern Ethiopia
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