Chestnut farm worker carries basket of harvest chestnuts on shoulders in China


We help bring ideas to life. Our development programs support innovative solutions that improve global access to food, jobs, health, and technologies for growth.

At IDRC, we have learned that the greatest benefit comes from focusing our investments to deliver large-scale impact. Our programs seek answers that drive change — giving the world’s most vulnerable people hope and opportunities for the future.

Our programs share three strategic objectives:

  • Invest in knowledge and innovation for large-scale positive change
  • Build the leaders for today and tomorrow
  • Be the partner of choice for greater impact

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Agriculture and Food Security

We invest in projects that bring food, nutrition, and income to small-scale farmers and their families.

Climate Change

We support innovations that will help vulnerable people and communities adapt to climate change.

Employment and Growth

Our investments increase employment and economic opportunities for women and youth.

Food, Environment, and Health

We aim to improve health, build healthier food systems, and prevent non-communicable and infectious diseases.

Foundations for Innovation

We are strengthening developing-country skills and institutions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Governance and Justice

This program fosters better governance and justice systems so people can lead more secure and prosperous lives.

Maternal and Child Health

We fund research that gives mothers and children better futures through access to quality health care.

Networked Economies

Our goal is to harness technology to create economic opportunities and advance democracy.