Communications, outreach and engagement

CIFOR-ICRAF takes a strategic approach to communications, outreach and engagement. Through robust science journalism, landmark events and innovative digital platforms, we bring targeted information to all of our stakeholders on game-changing solutions to the five global challenges.

Translating science into action

By 2023, two-thirds of the global population will have internet access and 70 percent will have mobile connectivity. CIFOR-ICRAF leverages its digital engagement and delivery platforms to simultaneously connect stakeholders at all levels of society and across geographies, from scientists to farm families to policymakers in numerous countries around the world. We are creating new digital engagement formats for innovative collaborations that have never existed before. We are transforming leading scientific exploration and direct experience in landscapes, together with finance and governance, into living knowledge that addresses the five global challenges.

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In 2020 – a year like no other – CIFOR-ICRAF continued to deliver the world’s best science on forests and trees in agricultural landscapes, shifting the conversation online as the Covid-19 pandemic evolved.

This annual report features stories about expertise, dedication and perseverance. When people responded to the pandemic with calls to ban wild meat, CIFOR-ICRAF experts stepped forward with recent, highly relevant evidence in hand, highlighting the needs of communities who rely on wild game for nutrition. Other scientists forged ahead to deliver compelling research findings on improved tree seed and restoration work in Ethiopia, agroforestry in Southeast Asia, and a new model for sustainable use of woodfuel in refugee camps – among many other topics.

CIFOR-ICRAF continued to chart its path as one organization, with a new 10-year strategy that outlines game-changing solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, the climate crisis, unsustainable supply and value chains, the need to transform food systems, and extreme inequality for women, Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable rural communities.

Three new holistic approaches will deliver actionable solutions to these challenges: Transformative Partnership Platforms, Engagement Landscapes and Flagship Products. And the newly launched Resilient Landscapes aims to leverage the power of the private sector to spur greater investment in nature-based solutions.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held its first fully virtual conference in June and didn’t stop there, seeing unprecedented digital growth during the year. And the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) marked its 10th science conference – also virtual – while continuing to demonstrate the power of partnership.