World Food Day 2015

October 15, 2015

IDRC supports Canada’s commitment to help millions of poor people in developing countries lift themselves out of hunger and poverty

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Our $124-million Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) with Global Affairs Canada, and $15-million Cultivating Africa’s Future (CultiAF) with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, are helping to build more effective agricultural systems, produce more nutritious food, and create economic opportunities for smallholder farmers, most of them women.

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Four former IDRC researchers have won the prestigious World Food Prize, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.” 

In conversation 

World-renowned water and soil scientist Daniel Hillel pioneered an innovative way of watering crops in arid and dry-land regions. In conversation with IDRC's Stephen McGurk, Dr. Hillel explains its benefits over periodic flood irrigation. (Video clip: 2:20)

Canadian Lorne Babiuk, a global leader in vaccine research, Killam Prize and Gairdner Wightman Award laureate, talks about why breakthrough solutions like CIFSRF's Kenyan livestock vaccine are critical to developing countries. (Video clip: 1:20)

M.S. Swaminathan, father of India’s Green Revolution, developed high-yielding wheat and rice varieties that staved off famine in the 1950s and 60s. In 2010, he spoke at IDRC about food security in an era of climate change. (Video clip: 0:45)