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IDRC Launches Calls for the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

12/02/2010

IDRC has launched two calls as part of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), a joint program between the Centre and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The CIFSRF is a 5-year, CA$62-million fund that will support research partnerships between Canadian and developing-country research organizations to carry out applied research to find lasting solutions to fight hunger and food insecurity in the developing world. The Fund is a core element of CIDA’s Food Security Strategy and of IDRC’s future food security programming priorities.

The Fund will support a wide variety of projects that enhance sustainable agricultural productivity and nutrition, and provide the knowledge needed by local farmers and other key players in developing countries to bring food security to their communities.

IDRC has a long tradition of supporting researchers from the developing world in their efforts to combat hunger and poverty,” said Rohinton Medhora, Vice President, Programs Branch at IDRC and co-Chair of the CIFSRF Governance Committee. “This ambitious new program is expected to yield important tangible results that will bring food security to millions of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

The following two calls have been launched:

  • A limited, competitive call for proposals from organizations already working on research in partnership with each other. The deadline for submission of proposals for this call was March 15, 2010.
  • An open, competitive call for concept notes which may come from existing or new partnerships. The deadline for submission of concept notes was March 31, 2010.

Another call for proposals related to the CIFSRF will be launched in early 2011.​

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