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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...

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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...

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

23/01/2015

The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) announced three new projects to help prevent livestock diseases and post-harvest fruit losses that affect millions of farmers around the world. These projects build on successful...

 
 
 
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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...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

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​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...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

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​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...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in Bolivia Improving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

Latest Results

Despite great diversity in freshwater fish, Bolivia has one of the lowest levels of per capita fish consumption in the world. The Government of Bolivia has recognized the potential contributions that fish can make for food security and has created a...
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 Family fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian AmazonHealthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

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The high and growing incidence of obesity among young children and adolescents is an alarming trend throughout the Caribbean. Influencing eating behaviours in early childhood to tackle poor diets and inadequate physical activity, however, can have a...
Zero Hidden Hunger: From Nariño to Colombia Cultivating fish for better livelihoods in BoliviaImproving governance in fisheries and fish farming in the Bolivian Amazon basinFamily fish farming improves quality of life in the Bolivian Amazon Healthy children, healthy nation — tackling the obesity problem

Featured Publication

“Doing the bright thing,” for Canada and the world

“Doing the bright thing,” for Canada and the world

IDRC’s President reflects on a recent trip to Chile and Colombia as part of the delegation accompanying the Governor General of Canada   No country can confront the tremendous challenges of today’s world on its own. But nor should it.  A recent...

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