Food security research improves lives of communities in Southeast Asia

May 26, 2016
Gianni Montanaro
Farmers in Tamil Nadu adopted locally-adapted cassava, boosting agro-biodiversity while enhancing yields and income

GIRIGAN GOPI/MSSRF

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. Food security research supported by the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF), is reducing poverty and improving livelihoods in rural communities in Cambodia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. CIFSRF is a program of Canada's International Development Research Centre, undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada.

In Asia, Canadian and developing-country researchers have collaborated to:

  • improve crops to increase agricultural biodiversity, farmers’ livelihoods, and yields
  • increase access to land and resources to empower women and address gender inequality
  • introduce aquaculture and postharvest technologies that allow farmers to access markets.
  • increase use and production of small millets to promote better diets for women and children.

Read more about these results in the Stories of Change series that shares some of the emerging outcomes from CIFSRF research in Asia:

Home gardens and fishponds for nourishment and empowerment

Improving women's lives in Cambodia through fish on farms

Increasing gender equality among small millet farmers in South Asia

Integrated agriculture enhances farm productivity and livelihoods in agro-biodiversity hotspots

New opportunities for aquaculture in Sri Lanka

Reducing post-harvest losses in South Asia's mango orchards

Small millet farmers increase yields through participatory varietal selection in South Asia