The World Food Prize Foundation

2016 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Dominique Charron

Director, Agriculture and Environment, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

As Director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program, Dominique Charron oversees research that seeks innovative, evidence-based solutions to help people face the world’s toughest development and environmental challenges: poor agricultural productivity; food insecurity and malnutrition; chronic and infectious diseases; and, risks to lives and livelihoods from a changing climate.  In this role, she pursues IDRC’s tradition of research excellence, the active involvement of stakeholders in the research process, including affected communities, and the integration of research outcomes into policy decisions that help improve the lives of all members of society.

Dr Charron joined IDRC in 2006 as Program Leader of the Ecosystems and Human Health program. Previously, Dr Charron developed and managed research programs on climate change and infectious diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has conducted research in Canada, including in the Arctic, and in the Caribbean. Dr Charron has taught epidemiology and ecosystem health at the graduate and undergraduate levels at several Canadian universities.  She holds a PhD in epidemiology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph.

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