As part of an experimental project, Indian farmers spray mango trees with a hexanal-based solution, a natural compound that helps to preserve fruit.
The mango-saving molecule
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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.


Explore more than 1,000 research projects we’ve supported over the past decade.

This project will pilot the application and adaptation of the World Health Organization's 2005 Guidelines for the Safe Use of Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater in low-income urban settings in three developing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Middle East, North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


The idea for a National Research and Training Program (PRIDE, in Spanish) emerged from the IDRC-supported project, "100133 Building Learning Systems for Honduran Development.

Honduras, North And Central America, South America


The project, Free and Open Source Software in North African Universities (POLLES), aims to establish a network of experts in open source software to develop information tools for use in North African universities.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Morocco


Malaria is the principal cause of morbidity and mortality in Mozambique and is considered a major impediment to development.

Mozambique, North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara


Since its creation in 1995, Bellanet has built a sound reputation helping international development organizations use information technology to communicate and collaborate.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, North And Central America, South America, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, West Indies


Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) have been used in a number of health applications supported by IDRC: the anti-retroviral therapy in Free State province, South Africa (102411); Uganda Health Information Network (UHIN), phases I (102136) and II (102806); and the Tanzanian Essential Health Intervention Programme (TEHIP) supported under project 102240.

South Of Sahara, Uganda, South Africa


The Community of Practice in Ecohealth (COPEH) supported by IDRC's Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health (Ecohealth) program initiative would like to establish one or two regional projects in West and Central Africa involving simple but innovative solutions to household waste management.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara