Colistin is considered a last-resort antimicrobial for treatment of infections with multidrug-resistant bacteria, classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘highest prioritized, critically important for human medicine’.
IDRC and the Rockefeller Foundation are partnering on a new initiative, Catalyzing Change for Healthy Sustainable Food Systems, that is building new evidence for governments and other food-systems stakeholders in Africa.
A new report offers compelling insights into the impact of the pandemic on food systems, as well as on the effectiveness of responses deployed by communities and regional authorities to address these impacts.
In the context of climate change and COVID-19, three IDRC-funded research projects offer a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing women working in Africa’s agricultural value chains.
Based on experience in farmer participatory crop breeding and seed-delivery systems in Africa, this project will support national public crop-breeding teams to conduct crop-variety trials of a range of food crops on-station and on-farm, allowing for the best-suited crop varieties to be officially released for seed production and supply to farmers.
This project aims to strength individual and institutional capacities in selected African countries to analyze and transform food systems to deliver food security, nutrition, food safety, and human and environmental health in a gender-equitable manner.
African food systems face growing threats associated with the degradation of natural resources, increasing inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, all of which have been worsened during the past two years as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Climate change, armed conflict, environmental fragility, and weak governance – and the impact these have on natural resource-based livelihoods – are among the key drivers of both crisis and poverty for communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-affected countries.
In response to the need for intersectoral approaches to address global challenges faced by health and food systems, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has requested IDRC’s partnership on a new program, the ACIAR-IDRC Research Program on One Health (AIRPOH).