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Local solutions for local challenges
 
For four decades, we’ve worked in close collaboration with researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean to address the region’s most pressing development problems.
 
We’ve funded close to 3,000 initiatives directed and managed by local researchers and institutions. Their work has focused on identifying new technical, institutional, and policy solutions to meet complex challenges in local communities.
 
Our greatest area of concern in the region is supporting research that fosters social and economic equity. We focus on issues such as:
  • inclusive economic growth, innovation, and trade
  • equitable access to health and social services
  • sustainable use of natural resources
  • civil security and development
At times, the projects we support cross borders and boundaries, bringing together development practitioners in several countries. Their numbers—and their local knowledge—bring strength to our quest for lasting solutions.
 
IDRC initiatives in the region
Countries we serve
 
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St-Vincent and the Grenadines
Surinam
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela
 

Latest Results

The potato is a staple of the local diet in Colombia. Government meal programs include yellow potatoes twice a week and white potatoes three times a week. In Nariño 25% of children under five years of age suffer from iron and zinc deficiency. The...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

Latest Results

​Fish are an important source of protein, micronutrients, and fatty acids, and have great potential to improve food security and rural livelihoods. Bolivia, a country without access to the sea, has one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

Latest Results

​Rural and peri-urban areas of the Bolivian Amazon basin are known for high levels of food insecurity and poverty.  But the high nutritional value of Amazon fish can make a significant contribution to food security and the local economy. In 2011, a...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia Improving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

Latest Results

Despite great diversity in freshwater fish, Bolivia has one of the lowest levels of per capita fish consumption in the world. The Government of Bolivia has recognized the potential contributions that fish can make for food security and has created a...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin Family fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

Latest Results

The high and growing incidence of obesity among young children and adolescents is an alarming trend throughout the Caribbean. Influencing eating behaviours in early childhood to tackle poor diets and inadequate physical activity, however, can have a...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian Amazon Healthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem
IDRC In The Region
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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