Sustainable intensification, which focuses on increasing productivity per unit area, plays a central role in sustainable agricultural production. Innovations in this area must be socially acceptable, environmentally friendly, and economically affordable and viable, especially for smallholder farmers with limited resources. This session features stories of success and impact and explores pathways and constraints for the wide-scale adoption of innovations that improve sustainable agricultural production.
Facilitator: Innocent Butare, CIFSRF Senior program specialist, IDRC
- Roshan Pudaisani, former Principal investigator (Nepal, Sustainable Agriculture Kits)
- Alfred Kojo Yeboah, former Project coordinator (Ghana, ICT extension services)
- David Wallace, former Principal investigator (South Africa, livestock vaccine)
- Isabelle Vandeplas, Program development officer, CECI
- Etienne Hainzelin, President’s advisor, CIRAD
Session 2: Nutrition and health outcomes
Facilitator: Annie Wesley, CIFSRF Senior program specialist, IDRC
- Sue Horton, former Principal investigator (Tanzania, fortified oil)
- Nguyen Do Huy, former Principal investigator (Vietnam, food processing)
- Teresa Mosquera, former Principal investigator (Colombia, potatoes)
- Paula Tenaglia, Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger
- Lynnette Neufeld, Director, Knowledge Leadership, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
- Colleen Emary, Technical Advisor, Health and Nutrition, World Vision International
Session 3: Market access and income for small scale farmers
Facilitator: Marwan Owaygen, Senior program specialist, IDRC
- Gregor Reid, former Principal investigator (Africa, fermented foods)
- Karthikeyan Muniappan, former Principal investigator (India, small millets)
- Clement Adeebooye, former Principal investigator (West Africa, fertilizer micro-dosing)
- Anne Mbaabu, Director, Market access program, AGRA
- Gifty Blekpe, Women’s empowerment program coordinator, CARE Ghana
- Nikita Ericksen-Hamel, Deputy Director- Policy and Practice, Global Affairs Canada
Session 4: Collaborative partnerships
Facilitator: Wendy Manchur, CIFSRF program officer, IDRC
- Hortense Atta Diallo, former Principal investigator (Ivory Coast, coconut)
- Andrew Potter, former Principal investigator (Kenya, CBPP vaccine)
- Jayasankar Subramanian, former Principal investigator (India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobajo, nanotechnology)
- Anne Gaboury, President and CEO, Développement international Desjardins
- Ignacia Fernandez, Executive director, RIMISP
Session 5: Scaling up innovations for impact
Facilitator: Marco Rondon, Senior program specialist, IDRC
- Pierre Akponikpe, former Principal investigator (West Africa, fertilizer micro-dosing)
- Meena Jadhav, former State Program Manager (India, double fortified salt)
- Andrew Msolla, former Principal investigator (Tanzania, legumes)
- Richard Kohl, Strategy and scale expert, CLSS
- Seerp Wigboldus, Senior Advisor and Researcher , Wageningen University Centre for Development Innovation
Session 6: Gender equality in agriculture and food security
Gender equality and the empowerment of women is critical to the achievement of food and nutrition security. In the least developed countries, 79% of women identify agriculture as their primary source of income, yet women in the agricultural sector lack access and control over assets. Addressing these gender barriers and the underlying social and gender norms that contribute to them can encourage the empowerment of women, increase productivity, and improve food and nutrition security for all. This session will explore key lessons learned by CIFSRF on gender integration and achieving gender equality outcomes.
Facilitator: Jemimah Njuk, Senior program specialist, IDRC
- Ramona Ridolfi, Gender expert (Cambodia, homestead food production)
- Carol Henry, former Principal investigator (Ethiopia, pulses)
- Veronica Hinojosa, Gender expert (Bolivia, Fish for Food)
- Franz Wong, Senior advisor, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
- Sonia Laszlo, Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University
- Sophia Huyer, Gender and social inclusion research leader, CGIAR
28 September 2018. The Government of Canada, through IDRC and Global Affairs Canada, has released a comprehensive report (116 pages) highlighting the lasting impact of its nine-year, CA$124.5 million Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).
- The report represents the collective efforts of the many people who dedicated their time and expertise to the CIFSRF initiative.
- This includes the farmers and community members at the forefront of the effort to validate and test food security innovations, the international research teams driving these innovations, and the development specialists who secured the necessary financial resources and partnerships to bring these projects to life.
- Together, they worked to develop and scale up innovations to increase production, access to, and consumption of safe and nutritious food.
- Canada created CIFSRF nine years ago to push the boundaries of research and development funding by supporting practical innovations that directly improve the lives of the poor and food insecure.
- CIFSRF used competitive calls to identify and select the best research ideas from strong and capable teams. Nearly a decade later, the results are clear: a wide-ranging portfolio of innovative and successful projects that have changed millions of lives for the better.