As part of an experimental project, Indian farmers spray mango trees with a hexanal-based solution, a natural compound that helps to preserve fruit.
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IDRC supports research in developing countries to create real and lasting change. This knowledge can be used as a tool for addressing pressing global challenges. We share it with others by:

  • providing developing-country researchers with financial resources, advice, and training to find solutions to local problems;
  • sharing our knowledge with policymakers, researchers, and communities around the world;
  • fostering new talent by offering fellowships and awards; and
  • putting new knowledge into the hands of those who can use it best to address global challenges.

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world.

Projects

Explore more than 1,000 research projects we’ve supported over the past decade.
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Over the past two decades, African governments have promoted the growth of private health care as a key element of health sector reform.

Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, South Of Sahara

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This project aims to help rural households and decision-makers better understand conservation and biodiversity as key components of rural livelihood improvement strategies and security in East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara

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Tobacco consumption in Tanzania rose by 20% between 2002 and 2007, and is predicted to increase by a further 46% by 2016.

Tanzania, North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara

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This grant will allow the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) to coordinate a research program in support of the successful implementation (in the case of Cambodia) and ratification (in the case of Lao PDR) of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Cambodia, Far East Asia, Laos, Central Asia, South Asia

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Numerous studies have shown that the earlier an individual starts smoking, the harder it is to give it up.

Argentina, South America, Colombia, Middle East, Palestine, North And Central America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

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The last 15 years have seen an increase in narghile (waterpipe) smoking, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Lebanon, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

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Bangladesh is one of the many countries that has not only signed but also ratified the world's first public health treaty, the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Bangladesh, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

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The globalization of the tobacco industry is a major threat to public health worldwide.

China, Far East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia

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Unequal access to land is a systemic barrier to gender equality in Pakistan, one that is both a cause and an effect of women's marginalization.

Pakistan, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia

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Claims of democratic deficits and crises of legitimacy have prompted growing interest in accountability on the part of national and international institutions.

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