Appropriate technology: Often, the best answers can be found right at home

a young man selling fish at a market
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. (PDF, 645KB)


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.

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