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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...

Cultivate Africa's Future

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is projected to reach 1.5 billion by 2050. As a result, the region will need to increase food production by 360% compared to 2006 levels to feed its people. Smallholder production accounts for about 80% of farms in the region, and directly employs over 175 million people...

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...

Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

The Non-Communicable Disease Prevention program works to generate new knowledge that provides rigorous evidence for the development and implementation of cost-effective policies to prevent non-communicable disease.​

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 the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) 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.

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

Maize yields in parts of South Africa could decline by up to 20% by the 2050s as a result of climate change, research has shown. This could have a dramatic impact on subsistence farmers, with the poorest likely to be hardest hit.South Africa’s...

Latest Results

​New easy-to-cook bean products are set to improve food and nutrition security for low- and middle-income households in Kenya and Uganda. Researchers at Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organisation and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock...

Latest Results

​Panellists at the July 2015 climate science forum in Paris, Our Common Future Under Climate Change, discussed progress and challenges in developing large-scale, effective flows for climate adaptation financing. Thaven Naidoo of the Climate...

Latest Results

The state of climate change adaptation globally is not well understood due to a dearth of organized approaches for tracking adaptation efforts, James Ford of Canada’s McGill University told experts at a global conference in Paris. He made the...

Latest Results

Environmental and social systems in semi-arid regions are acutely vulnerable to climate change, experts agreed during a panel discussion in Paris in July. The panel took place during the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference, the largest...
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