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Funding for Catalysing change for healthy and sustainable food systems in Eastern Africa

Funding for Catalysing change for healthy and sustainable food systems in Eastern Africa

Deadline 26 June 2020

Budget: Between CAD$300,000 and $1M per project

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to advance the generation and use of context-specific evidence that will drive changes in food systems and enable healthy and sustainable diets in Eastern Africa.

This funding opportunity will form part of a new Initiative, the goal of which is to improve the health and wellbeing of low-income and vulnerable populations who face the double burden of malnutrition and environmental threats like climate change.

The Initiative focuses on improving the relative market competitiveness of protective, healthy foods, individual and community vulnerabilities to unhealthy food environments, and drivers of food purchasing habits that may be important targets for shifting low income and vulnerable populations toward healthier diets.

Geographic focus:

Proposed research must take place in one or more of the following Eastern African countries –Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Candidates must:

  • have legal corporate registration in an LMIC (not restricted to the five countries listed above);
  • be eligible to conduct research in any one of the five countries of focus; and
  • have independent legal status (or “legal personality”) and the ability to receive and administer foreign funds (capable of contracting in their own right and name) in their respective countries.


This call aims to support robust and innovative research that enhances understanding of which policies and interventions promote greater market competitiveness of nutritious and sustainable food and contribute to healthier and more sustainable food systems.

Applications are encouraged to address at least one of the following research themes:

  1. Public policies (driven by scientific evidence) that increase the affordability and accessibility of protective foods relative to unhealthy, ultra-processed foods.
  2. Enhanced rules, conditions, and dynamics of business environments that shift the behaviours of markets towards the production and consumption of affordable protective foods.
  3. Empowerment of consumers and civil society groups that generate greater local demand for affordable and sustainable protective foods and promote effective and accountable public policies.

Duration of research grants: Between 12 –36 months.

Budget: BetweenCAD$300,000 and $1M per project.

Grants will be awarded subject to the availability of funds.

Contact email: [email protected]


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