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Agriculture and Environment

Agriculture and Environment

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.


Social and Economic Policy

Social and Economic Policy

Public policy can help reduce poverty and promote greater social equity in developing countries. Strong, informed policies can help establish more stable economies with decent work opportunities for the poor, build peaceful societies, and advance...



Science and Innovation

Technology and Innovation

Science, technology, and innovation can drive economic growth, help solve social and environmental problems, and reduce poverty. All countries need to develop the capacity to produce and use science and technology themselves, and adapt...


Program support

Donor Partnerships
To create healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies, strong partnerships with other donor organizations are essential. IDRC’s Donor Partnerships Division helps develop relationships with research funders and international...

Evaluation
Evaluation is integral to IDRC’s work. It forms an important part of the evidence base for understanding how research contributes to solving development problems. IDRC strives to be an accountable learning organization by conducting formal...

Fellowships and Awards
IDRC’s Fellowships and Awards program supports Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries to acquire more practical and research-oriented knowledge. From graduate students conducting applied research with African...

Latest Results

​Wood is a scarce resource across North Africa, yet it is commonly used in rural areas as fuel for baking bread in traditional ovens. Rural households can burn through more than one tonne of firewood a year, threatening to deplete forests. Working...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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...
Reducing poverty in Atlas Mountains Researchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

Latest Results

​Latifa hails from an impoverished family in the Nefza region in northwest Tunisia. Like many women in the area, she struggles to make ends meet. Yet outside her home is a resource that can help lift her family out of poverty. Pressing the fruits...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmers Tapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza Forest New bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

Latest Results

The informal sector is a major source of income for the urban poor. Migrants play a critical role in the informal economy, yet the importance of their role is often overlooked. Two new studies supported by IDRC seek to address this gap.    ...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food security New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies
Research ethics: IDRC’s principles
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