Why we do what we do
At IDRC, we believe that improving food security and ending poverty are closely linked. To bridge these two issues, IDRC joined forces with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2009 to create the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.
The CA$62 million, five-year program supports partnerships between Canadian and developing-country research organizations. We hope to create linkages between scientific knowledge, policies, programs, and practical activities.
We have several key objectives for the Fund. They are to:
- increase food security in developing countries by funding applied research in agricultural development and nutrition
- apply Canadian science and technology expertise in collaboration with developing-country partners
- use research results to inform food security policies and programs
Our goal? To help alleviate poverty and significantly improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s poor. We also aim to support organizations and institutions that will contribute significantly to sustainable development.