A Nepalese woman demonstrates how her farm has improved since using SAK products.

Canadian International Food Security Research Fund

The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) invests in scaling up solutions that increase production, access, and consumption of safe and nutritious food.

Jointly funded by IDRC and Global Affairs Canada, CIFSRF addresses the critical challenge of global hunger through applied research in 25 countries. The CA$124 million fund supports Canadian-developing country partnerships that test and scale up practical solutions to increase food production, raise income for farming families, and improve nutrition throughout the Global South.

Since 2009, CIFSRF has funded 39 applied, collaborative, and results-oriented research projects. These initiatives are significantly improving food and nutritional security for men and women smallholder farmers. Championing the value of multi-sector partnerships, CIFSRF works directly with 40 Southern and 20 Canadian institutions, including universities, civil society organizations, governments, and the private sector, to test and deploy proven food security and nutrition solutions.

CIFSRF projects generate knowledge and innovations such as new skills and tools, improved farming practices, and novel ways to increase sustainable agricultural productivity, foster youth-led agribusinesses, and diversify diets in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Photo credit: David Borish | LI-BIRD

Explore research projects that we support.


  • A rich harvest for Canada and the Global South

    A global food security challenge By 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to 10 billion people. The world faces an essential yet daunting challenge in feeding a rapidly growing population. It is no longer only about providing...

    Wendy Manchur
  • Research plays an important role in achieving Zero Hunger

    After a prolonged decline, the estimated number of undernourished people globally actually increased to 815 million in 2016 — affecting 38 million more people than in 2015 — according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Multiple...

    Delphine Larrousse, Laura Husak, Adrian Di Giovanni
  • Beyond Access: Putting Women First in Agriculture

    I first met Memory in Kasungu, in the Northern part of Malawi. Memory, a mother of six, farmed on a one acre piece of land alongside her husband. Every year, they planted maize and beans, often from seed that they had saved from the last...

    Jemimah Njuki

Publications and resources

Through books, articles, research publications, and studies, we aim to widen the impact of our investment and advance development research.




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