CIFOR-ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

CIFOR-ICRAF delivers evidence and solutions to transform how land and renewable resources are used and food is produced. Through our collaborative, action-oriented approach, we help conserve and restore ecosystems, support sustainable supply chains and respond to accelerating climate change, malnutrition, biodiversity loss and desertification. In short, we improve people’s lives while preserving the environment. 

The world urgently needs transformative science to address the complex ways in which people and ecosystems interact. CIFOR-ICRAF is uniquely enabled to deliver game-changing solutions. Our expertise combines science-based policy advice with project implementation and analysis that leverages nearly seven decades of experience and over $1.8 billion in research investments. 

Solving complex challenges requires strong partners to strengthen capacities and ensure that knowledge reaches everyone from policymakers to development practitioners, farmers and forest communities. Through our long-established partnerships and the diverse skills of our 700 staff, we address local challenges and opportunities while solving global problems through nature-based approaches.

Research-for-development must address the complex interaction between people and ecological systems – an interconnectedness starkly underlined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our holistic systems approach based on expertise in the social and biophysical sciences recognizes that interdependent problems must work at multiple spatial and temporal scales. 

Above all, solutions must be pragmatic and actionable. By working directly with the people who count most – farming and forest-dependent communities, policy and decision makers – through collaborative processes and mutual learning, we can deliver the kind of solutions that lead to real transformations on the ground.

CIFOR-ICRAF also connects stakeholders from scientists to farmers around the world through digital communications and engagement. We are building digital collaborative spaces that have never existed before. And by transforming leading scientific exploration and direct experience in landscapes into living knowledge, we are helping to address the most pressing global challenges of our time.

CIFOR-ICRAF is joined by Resilient Landscapes, FTA and the Global Landscapes Forum, a unique network that combines science, finance, collaboration and delivery of living knowledge.

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