Climate change, armed conflict, environmental fragility, and weak governance – and the impact these have on natural resource-based livelihoods – are among the key drivers of both crisis and poverty for communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-affected countries.
African food systems face growing threats associated with the degradation of natural resources, increasing inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, all of which have been worsened during the past two years as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This project aims to strength individual and institutional capacities in selected African countries to analyze and transform food systems to deliver food security, nutrition, food safety, and human and environmental health in a gender-equitable manner.
CultiAF-funded project uses gender-inclusive financing, certification of processed fish products, improved access to formal markets, and promotion of community-level gender equality to reduce post-harvest aquaculture losses.
Research in Action
Food and Agriculture
Despite high mobile phone penetration in Kenya and the proliferation of eHealth programs, healthcare remains largely inaccessible outside major cities. Research funded by IDRC is now feeding into national policies to ensure greater health equity.
Mobile phones could boost the health of Ethiopia’s underserved rural population. They also promise to enhance the skills and reputation of health extension workers, who are linchpins of the country’s health system.