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IDRC believes that research and innovation hold the keys to progress in developing countries. Our programs respond to evolving priorities in a fast-changing world by fostering science and innovation, strengthening health systems, boosting agricultural production and food security, and promoting equitable growth.

Working with some of the brightest minds in Canada and the developing world, we focus on achieving results.

Here you will find results of recent projects and activities.

To view results of earlier research, visit our Digital Library.

And you can read about recent and current research in articles on the Publications page.

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Women turn to tree forage to fatten their sheep

Raising sheep is an important economic activity in Mali, especially for women. But fodder shortages and high feed costs limit sheep production, especially during the dry season. Canadian and Malian researchers have found that the leaves of three...

Using smartphones to improve animal health and food security

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...

Charting the future of Canada's humanitarian response

From refugee camps in Jordan and Sudan, to natural disasters in Haiti and Pakistan, to famines from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, conflicts and natural disasters occurring in the last several decades have pushed the global humanitarian system to...

Resilient poultry management for women in Kenya

Research shows that indigenous chicken are a strategic component of building resilience in semi-arid Kenya. Kenyan and Canadian experts and a network of hundreds of farmer groups improved poultry management as part of research to adapt to...

Nigerian women reap benefits from indigenous vegetables

Demand for fresh indigenous vegetables in Nigeria has increased considerably thanks to a research team comprising Nigerian and Canadian researchers. Radio programs in the local language have raised awareness of the nutrition and income benefits of...

Examining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food security

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...

Participating in markets can help improve women’s welfare

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...

Mainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

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...

Improving women's participation in livestock markets

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...

Understanding the gender dimensions of livestock ownership

For women in the developing world, livestock are considered to be important assets. However, while women may own the livestock, they may not always have ultimate control over this capital.This brief showcases the research carried out by the...

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