OTTAWA, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - Canada's International Development Research
Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce the first projects to be supported
under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.
"These projects were selected for their proven track record of
performance to date and their potential to produce lasting results
within a relatively short timeframe - one to two years. They will help
break the cycle of poverty, food insecurity and unsustainable practices
in developing-world regions, by strengthening and helping rural
families through increased food security," said David Malone, President
The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, a joint
initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and
IDRC, is supporting efforts between Canadian and developing-country
researchers to advance their applied research in food security.
Three partnerships between Canadian and developing-country researchers
will receive funding of approximately CA$1million each to advance their
applied research in food security:
Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and Hawassa University in
Ethiopia are tackling food insecurity and human nutrition in the
highlands of Ethiopia through the enhanced and sustainable production
of pulse crops such as chick peas, fava beans, and lentils;
Researchers at McGill University, University of Agricultural Sciences -
Dharwad, India, and the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation are
studying ways to improve production, processing and marketing of
locally important grains (e.g. millet varieties) for small-scale
farmers in four regions of India;
Researchers at the University of Calgary and Wayamba University of Sri
Lanka are developing strategies to promote profitable fish farming,
working particularly with women, to increase production in northern and
eastern regions of the country, which are recovering from civil war.
This funding represents the first of three calls in 2010 and 2011 as
part of the five-year, CA$62-million Canadian International Food
Security Research Fund - a key component of the Government of Canada's
recently launched Food Security Strategy.
More information on the Fund and first funding recipients is available
on the IDRC website.
To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions
like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health?
Create jobs? IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer
these questions. 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 choice
and change to those who need it most. publicwebsite.idrc.ca
SOURCE International Development Research Centre
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