APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY Often, the best answers can be found right at home

IDRC Communications

IDRC's core goal has always been to help researchers in developing countries tackle the problems that they themselves have identified. Some of the innovations that have resulted are strikingly simple and small-scale; others rely on advanced knowledge and sophisticated tools. In each case, however, the technologies have done their job – they have led to lasting solutions and improved lives.

Download the Lasting Impacts Brief of this issue.


Man works in fish market in Guyana

Cash from trash: using and reducing fish bycatch

Today — thanks to IDRC-supported research — fewer fish are being caught accidentally, and more of the “bycatch” is being processed for human consumption.
Some time ago, the world’s commercial fishers threw away many of the fish they netted. Why? Because a big share of their catch was not the primary target species and fetched a much lower price.

Group mills cereal in Senegal
Grain dehullers: less toil, more food for Africans

Protestor with mouth taped closed holds sign which says "Our freedom"
Software for justice

Two factory workers process tea at plantation in Sri
Asian high tech streamlines traditional industry