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Reducing poverty in Atlas Mountains

​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...

Researchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmers

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...

Tapping income from the Nefza Forest

​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...

New bean products to improve food security

​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...

New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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.    ...

New opportunities in climate finance at scale

​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...

Narrowing the "adaptive capacity gap"

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...

Safeguarding semi-arid regions from climate shocks

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...

Women’s organizations: An untapped resource for resilience

​Gender issues are often overlooked in development agencies’ responses to food insecurity. Women’s organizations are an untapped resource with expertise in understanding how women and communities experience shocks and stresses. With a grant from...

Improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling...

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