Researchers take aim at global hunger

Poor rural populations in developing countries, particularly women and small-holder farmers, are getting help to boost their operations.

Under the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, the International Development Research Centre and Global Affairs Canada will support seven new projects.

A series of research teams in developing countries will develop, test and apply ways to increase the production of nutritious food.

The $124 million research fund is now looking to expand the most promising projects, which have globally assisted more than 100,000 men and women in poor communities.

Some of the solutions-oriented projects include:

• bringing tried and tested solutions to more legume farmers in Tanzania by using information campaigns

• using freeze-dried bacteria to produce more nutrient-rich yogurt in Africa

• fighting anemia in India by expanding the production of double fortified salt

• increasing the adoption of nutritious, disease-resistant potatoes in Colombia

• through Farm Shops, bringing supplies, knowledge, and profits to Kenyan farmers

• lowering the hurdles to millet production and consumption in India

• accelerating the adoption of better farming practices in Ghana using radio and cellphones

• increasing the production in Vietnam of therapeutic and fortified foods

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