Olive Sabila Chemutai tends to her tomatoes on her homestead in Kapseror Village, Kapchorwa,Uganda

Cultivate Africa's Future

IDRC and ACIAR partnership focuses on improving food security, resilience, and gender equality across Eastern and Southern Africa.

The Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) is a ten-year, CA$35 million partnership (AU$ 37 million) between IDRC and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The partnership leverages the strengths and resources of each organization to improve overall food and nutrition security across Eastern and Southern Africa.

CultiAF funds applied research to develop and scale up sustainable, climate resilient, and gender responsive innovations for smallholder agricultural producers. Research teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are leading CultiAF-funded projects across four broad research themes:

  • increasing productivity and reducing post-harvest losses;
  • linking agriculture, nutrition and human health;
  • gender equality; and
  • climate change and agricultural water management.

Overall, the CultiAF partnership emphasizes both ACIAR’s and IDRC’s commitment to funding research aimed at improving gender equality and social inclusion, particularly in areas of technology and value chain development, entrepreneurship, and capacity building within the agricultural and food systems sectors. The findings emerging from CultiAF-funded work will be disseminated for wider impact, informing innovative business models to boost the strategic leadership, influence, and involvement of women and youth throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.

CultiAf aims to improve food and nutrition security, resilience, and gender equality for the most food-insecure in targeted countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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This short video illustrates tangible results in agricultural innovations for preventing post-harvest losses for small holder farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa.