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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...

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

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...

Latest Results

Livestock ownership plays a vital role in ensuring that households have a more diversified, higher-protein diet. But research has shown that the extent to which livestock contributes to food security depends on household dynamics — whether women own...

Latest Results

Women's participation in livestock markets can help improve their welfare and that of their families. Understanding how and why women participate can help identify ways of increasing their participation and the benefits. Research on this issue...

Latest Results

While women make up more than 40% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, they control less land than men and are less likely to use purchased inputs such as fertilizers. They also participate less in agricultural markets as a...

Latest Results

When they manage their incomes, women can increase their bargaining power, reduce domestic violence, and improve the nutritional status of their children. But it is often difficult for women to participate in markets because of limited mobility, the...
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