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Canadian International Food Security Research Fund
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Funding food security solutions
 
Around the world, a lack of food security affects an estimated one billion people. To meet global needs, food production must double by 2030. Yet while demand for food grows, so too do the mounting problems of environmental degradation, decreasing water resources, and loss of fertile soil.
 
At IDRC, improving food security through research is one of our key activities. To meet this goal, the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund supports applied research that combats hunger and poverty.

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For more detailed information on individual projects visit the Projects and Results pages.
 

Events

Let’s grow food security worldwide

16/10/2014

To celebrate World Food Day, CARE Canada and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) invite you to a conference on world food security.    Some 805 million people around the world don’t have access to enough food to lead a...

Highlight: Research to feed Africa symposium highlights practical solutions

23/06/2014

More than 120 food security researchers gathered recently to share research findings and practical solutions aimed at improving the productivity, income, and nutrition of African smallholder farmers.   Researchers from Canada and nine African...

News

IDRC announces scale-up of four ground-breaking solutions to improve food security in developing countries

27/04/2015

The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) announced four new projects to make food more secure and nutritious in developing countries. These projects are part of an effort, launched in 2014, to scale up the most promising...

Update: Call for proposals—Scaling Up Food Security and Nutrition Innovations

12/02/2015

  Canada’s International Development Research Centre and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada have launched the 2015 open call for proposals under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.   This open competitive call for...

 
 
 
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Latest Results

​Around the world, food insecurity affects an estimated 850 million people. There is ample evidence that addressing gender inequalities and empowering women are vital to meeting the challenges of improving food and nutrition security, and enabling...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin

Latest Results

​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...
Improving food security in Latin America and the Caribbean Food security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin

Latest Results

The potato is a staple of the local diet in Colombia. Government meal programs include yellow potatoes twice a week and white potatoes three times a week. In Nariño 25% of children under five years of age suffer from iron and zinc deficiency. The...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast Asia Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin

Latest Results

​Fish are an important source of protein, micronutrients, and fatty acids, and have great potential to improve food security and rural livelihoods. Bolivia, a country without access to the sea, has one of the lowest rates of fish consumption in the...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin

Latest Results

​Rural and peri-urban areas of the Bolivian Amazon basin are known for high levels of food insecurity and poverty.  But the high nutritional value of Amazon fish can make a significant contribution to food security and the local economy. In 2011, a...
Improving food security in Latin America and the CaribbeanFood security research improves lives of communities in Southeast AsiaZero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia Improving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basin

Featured Publication

Zaman Talukder: Empowering women through food security

Zaman Talukder: Empowering women through food security

An agriculture, food security, and nutrition expert based in Cambodia, Zaman Talukder, has been providing technical support to the Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) program at Helen Keller International. Zaman is working to integrate mixed...

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