In a region of Rwanda, where three out of four people live in poverty, a woman proudly shows off a carrot which she grew in her garden after participating in a CIDA-funded project to improve agricultural competencies. CIDA has made supporting sustainable agricultural development an integral part of its strategy to increase food security in the developing world.
An agricultural technician teaches her students how to take care of plants. The Government of Mozambique has made food production a priority. In 2009-2010, Canada helped the agriculture sector in Mozambique grow by more than 11 percent.
A woman works in a rice processing centre in Northern Ghana. CIDA is helping women and men farmers gain increased access to improved technology, farming advice and agricultural supplies as part of its priority theme to increase food security.
A lone farmer walks among rice paddies. CIDA's Food Security Strategy aims to reduce the extreme hunger and undernourishment that afflicts the world's most vulnerable people. This CIDA-funded project in Soc Trang province, Vietnam, made it possible to increase fragrant rice production from 3,600 hectares in 2005 to nearly 19,000 hectares in 2009.
Agronomists inspect a field of sorghum in Mali. Sorghum ranks fifth worldwide among cereals after maize, rice, wheat and barley. CIDA supports projects that help farmers in Mali to improve their harvests and thus eat better.
A Millennium activity bringing hope to this Malian woman and her community. Ending poverty and hunger is a United Nations Millennium Development Goal.
Lunch is served! This little boy in Ethiopia can count on one daily meal at school: maize and soya mixed with salt and oil. Food insecurity caused by drought, deforestation and war, among other things, affects more than eight million Ethiopians a year. Through continuing aid from Canada, the World Food Programme serves nourishing meals to more than a million and a half African schoolchildren.
A Sudanese mother works her vegetable garden, her child on her hip. Most of the world's poorest people depend on farming to feed themselves. Some 925 million people suffer from hunger or malnutrition.
Three girls enjoy a nutritious lunch. These students are among the 400,000 schoolchildren in Haiti receiving a meal a day at school, through a CIDA-funded project managed by the World Food Programme.
At first, growing oregano seemed farfetched to some. But it has allowed nearly 1,000 famers in 93 Bolivian communities to increase their income by an average of $205 a year, thanks to Canadian funding.