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Project

Canadian International Food Security Research Fund - Phase II
 

Project ID
107570
Total Funding
CAD 3,867,509.00
IDRC Officer
Renaud De Plaen
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
69 months

Programs and partnerships

Agriculture and Food Security

Summary

In 2009, IDRC and the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) launched the five-year CA$62 million Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).Read more

In 2009, IDRC and the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) launched the five-year CA$62 million Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The fund was designed to finance initiatives to solve global food and nutritional insecurity problems through applied, collaborative, and results-oriented research. To date, the fund has supported 19 large applied agriculture and nutrition research consortia in 20 countries. Each has a mix of Canadian and developing-country researchers. Early results appear promising. There is a large volume of high quality research being conducted, much with the potential to be scaled-up. The second phase is budgeted at CA$62.5 million and designed to build on Phase 1. The program will support new food security research in priority areas and countries. It will bring the most promising research results to directly benefit subsistence farmers, particularly women. It will also contribute to long-term global food security. Research will build on existing findings and gaps, while focusing on long-term sustainability and uptake. The project's specific objectives are to: -develop more equitable, productive, and environmentally sustainable agri-food systems that increase food security and enhance nutrition in developing countries; -increase food security in developing countries by funding applied agricultural development and nutrition research; -apply Canadian science and technology expertise in collaboration with developing-country partners to address food security; -use research results to inform food security policies and programs; and, -identify innovations and scale-up the most promising research results.

Research outputs

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Report
Language:

English

Summary

To avoid misunderstandings and often ambiguity in the definition and operationalization of scaling up, IDRC decided to organize a training workshop for CIFSRSF projects implementation teams, gathering 38 participants of five teams from 7 countries: Benin, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Canada, Kenya and Tanzania. This report accounts for the different phases of the training and the outputs of the workshop including details of business case development for specific projects.

Author(s)
Idrissou, Latifou
Paper
Language:

English

Summary

This framework is intended to support Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) researchers to develop business cases for their food security innovations. It aims to provide concepts, tools and ideas for how business cases can contribute to the scaling up strategy for a food security innovation. This document can serve as a starting point for further investigation into the design and implementation of strategies and tools that will assist in the process of scaling up food security solutions, and help CIFSRF grantees develop scaling up models and strategies for bringing research results into widespread use.

Author(s)
Husak, Laura
Paper
Language:

English

Summary

While the framework focuses on business cases, this Resource Guide (working paper) includes those applicable for developing both business cases and business models. It is meant as a starting point for further investigation into developing models to assist in the efforts to achieve impacts at scale. The paper provides links to multiple resources dealing with facets of business case and business models development for researchers.

Author(s)
Husak, Laura
Evaluation
Language:

English

Summary

Phase 2 projects involving 16 Canadian and 26 developing country organizations are being implemented in 17 developing countries. Over 40 innovations address the food security needs of the poor. These projects illustrate a diversity of food security themes (availability, accessibility, and use) as well as scaling up approaches. All projects developed communication strategies and made inroads with target groups. This evaluation provides a review as well as recommendations drawn from management responses to the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) Phase 2. Uptake of CIFSRF innovations by other development agencies, national governments and the private sector needs to be pursued.

Évaluations
Language:

French

Summary

Les principaux utilisateurs visés de l’évaluation sont les membres du comité de gouvernance, de l’équipe de direction et du personnel du FCRSAI. Cette évaluation a été créée pour les aider à savoir déterminer les résultats du programme, les communiquer à divers intervenants, et pour orienter les politiques et les programmes de sécurité alimentaire actuels et futurs. Les principaux clients de l’évaluation combinée du FCRSAI sont les pays en développement ciblés, qui devraient être en mesure de déterminer la pertinence, l’utilité et les contributions des résultats du programme de FCRSAI pour leurs propres politiques et stratégies alimentaires et nutritionnelles nationales.

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