Food & Agriculture

IRD’s food and agriculture programs operate under a wide range of conditions, but all aim to improve the productivity and efficiency of food production, processing, and marketing systems. When possible, our programs also integrate nutrition, public health, sanitation, and water infrastructure, generating enduring results for communities worldwide. In Africa, for example, IRD uses participatory farmer field school methodologies to train farmers in crop and livestock production systems, business development, and creation of off-farm jobs. In Asia, we help local food processors develop and distribute nutritionally fortified noodles and other food products for schoolchildren – improving educational outcomes, child nutrition, and employment opportunities. Nutrition education and water sanitation and health are also important complementary components of IRD’s food security programs. For example, in southern Africa, IRD is building community resilience to drought by developing sustainable, small-scale irrigation and sanitation infrastructure, improving land and watershed management, and developing local businesses. With the support of our donors and partners, IRD plans to expand its work to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition, provide training and equipment to farmers and businesses, generate local employment opportunities, and strengthen entrepreneurial capacity and farm-to-market linkages.

Featured Initiatives

International Women’s Day

IRD has a proud history of commitment to women’s issues since our founding in 1998.... more

Water & Sanitation

IRD develops a unique response to each situation using a wide variety of tools and... more


Cambodia Food for Education

IRD is promoting primary education and reducing the incidence of hunger in 125 s... more

Cameroon UNHCR 2013

An estimated 86,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) reside in the... more

Increasing Stability and Resilience of Livelihood Systems among Central African Refugees

An estimated 86,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) reside in the... more

Reducing Vulnerability to Drought, Cyclones & Climate Change in Mozambique

For over a decade, Inhambane province, Mozambique, has experienced severe cyclones... more

Strengthening the Onion Value Chain in Niger

IRD and its partner organization SNV are implementing the $3 million onion value ch... more

Support to Pakistan Farmers Through Improved Citrus Orchards

Pakistan produces 13 million tons of fruit and vegetables, worth over $2 billion ea... more

The Serbia Agribusiness Project

The Serbian Agribusiness Project (SAP), funded by USAID, is assisting the Serbian a... more