ACIAR IDRC Research Program on One Health (AIRPOH)
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). This new program recognizes inclusive agri-food systems as a core interface between human, animal, and environmental health, which is the basis for the One Health approach. Through this program, ACIAR and IDRC will provide a valuable contribution to the increased operationalization of this approach in an area that is intricately connected to agri-food systems and, consequently, to food security. The program will help to influence inclusive One Health approaches through the production of valuable regional public goods at a greater scale.
The AIRPOH will comprise a portfolio of One Health research-for-development projects in Southeast Asia, underpinned by South-South collaboration. The portfolio will aim to incorporate learnings from previous and current research funded by ACIAR, IDRC and others, and may inform a larger One Health Fund in the future, should sufficient funding be available.