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Call for Expressions of Interest: Catalysing change for healthy and sustainable food systems in Eastern Africa

  • Published on June 5, 2020
Canada’s International Development Research Centre is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity, catalyzing 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.

This Initiative will support the consolidation of existing evidence and synthesis of new evidence for multidisciplinary approaches that address the global challenge of achieving healthy and sustainable diets as a means of curbing the high levels of malnutrition and diet-related noncommunicable diseases particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The Initiative seeks robust and innovative research that enhances understanding of which policies and interventions promote the relative affordability and availability of nutritious and sustainable food and contribute to healthier and more sustainable food systems.

Expressions of interest are invited from organisations based in low- and middle-income countries for project ideas that will generate evidence and knowledge for use in addressing the complex challenge of transforming food systems to achieve healthy and sustainable diets in Eastern Africa. Research objectives should be demonstrably of relevance to and designed with decision makers and influencers of change.

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

Duration of research grants: Between 12 – 36 months.

Budget: Between CAD$300,000 and $1M per project. Grants will be awarded subject to the availability of funds.

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Deadline for Submission: Friday 26 June 2020 (17:00 Eastern Daylight Time)

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