Ottawa, Canada, June 20, 2011 – Canadian and developing-world scientists are working on the front lines of hunger to make food more sufficient, safe, and nutritious around the globe. Six groundbreaking research projects worth a total of $16.5 million were announced today by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).
CIFSRF, a five-year, $62 million fund, brings Canadian and developing-country researchers together to produce lasting solutions to combat hunger and food insecurity in the developing world. This fund is also an important part of the Government of Canada's commitment to doubling its investment in sustainable agricultural development, a commitment made by Canada at the 2009 G8 Meeting in L'Aquila, Italy.
"Canada is a world leader in the fight against hunger and our partnership with IDRC plays a strong part in our efforts. Food and nutrition security remains a key priority of our government's development assistance," says Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation. "Our contribution to CIFSRF demonstrates Canadian leadership in assisting developing countries fight hunger through innovative practices and supports private sector growth in agriculture."
The six research projects team up the brightest scientific minds from Canada and developing countries to deliver practical solutions that help the poor and expand Canada's scientific base. In some instances, they are also of direct benefit to Canadians.
These projects range from the development of state-of-the-art vaccines in Africa and the use of nanotechnology to reduce fruit loss in South Asia, to increasing productivity and nutrition in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa though aquaculture, home gardens, improved crops, and better soil management.
"Around the globe, farmers face many food production challenges," says IDRC President, David Malone. "This research looks for practical solutions that support development and can be effectively scaled up and used elsewhere in the world. That's very much in keeping with what IDRC is all about."
Among the project highlights:
Today's announcement brings to 19 the number of projects funded under CIFSRF since 2009 and includes researchers from 11 Canadian universities and 26 developing-country organizations.
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More information is available at www.idrc.ca/cifsrf.
A key part of Canada's aid program, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring change to those who need it most.
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's aim is to manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results. It also engages in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.
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