CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

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

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Unlocking large-scale land restoration practices, approaches, and benefits in Sub-Saharan Africa

This interactive round table brings together partners of the Regreening Africa project to share experiences and lessons learned during its implementation from 2017 to date. The project focus is on integration of trees into crop and communal areas along with complementary restoration practices and approaches to enhance inclusion, value chains, policy, and local governance. Regreening Africa aims to restore 1 million hectares of degraded land across eight countries in Africa.

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Speakers

Mieke Bourne

Programme Manager, Regreening Africa, CIFOR-ICRAF

Bernard Crabbé

Head of the environment mainstreaming & circular economy sector at the European Commission, Directorate General for International Partnerships (INTPA)

Ravi Prabhu

Director of Innovation, Investment and Impact, CIFOR-ICRAF, India

Anna Daba Ndiaye

Regreening Africa Project Manager, World Vision Senegal

Karl Hughes

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead, CIFOR-ICRAF

Hilda Kegode

Impact Assessment and Acceleration (IAA) Specialist, CIFOR-ICRAF

Leigh Winowiecki

Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry, CIFOR-ICRAF

Tor-Gunnar Vågen

Senior Scientist and head of the Spatial Data Science and Applied Learning Lab (SPACIAL), CIFOR-ICRAF

Edward Akunyagra

Project Manager Regreening Africa, World Vision Ghana

Philip Atiim

Agriculture Project Manager, Catholic Relief Services Ghana

Gloria Adeyiga

Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)

Mawa Karambiri

Policy and technical engagement specialist for the Sahel, CIFOR-ICRAF

Sammy Carsan

Agroforestry Scientist
CIFOR-ICRAF

Pierre Dembele

Executive Secretary, Sahel Eco

Olaf Westermann

Senior Technical Advisor on Climate Change, Agriculture & Livelihoods, Catholic Relief Services

Constance Neely

Stakeholder Approach to Risk-informed and Evidence-based Decision-making (SHARED) Lead, CIFOR-ICRAF

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Co-investment for Watershed Conservation in Pasuruan District of East Java – Indonesia

Building upon the success of the pilot project of payment for environmental services scheme in the Rejoso Watershed of East Java, Indonesia, this workshop brings together the Pasuruan District Watershed Forum (FDP) with Jakarta-based high-level decisions makers of the business sectors operating in Pasuruan District area.

The Pasuruan District Watershed Forum is mandated by the Pasuruan Regent to coordinate integrated conservation management in the nine watersheds in the regency. Better understanding on the critical condition of the watersheds and the urgent conservation actions required is expected to institute a stronger commitment from the private sectors to take more active roles in conservation projects.

Attendance is by invitation

Contact person

Tikah Atikah
Programme Communication Analyst
CIFOR-ICRAF Indonesia
Email: t.atikah@cgiar.org

Aunul Fauzi
Communication Coordinator Project Rejoso Kita
Email: a.fauzi@cgiar.org

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The 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27) takes place in November 2022, hosted by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The conference will build on previous successes and pave the way for ambitions to effectively tackle the global challenge of climate change.

Details on CIFOR-ICRAF participation to follow.

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Transforming agrifood systems with forests

Forests and trees help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges including food security, climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation, and at the same time support sustainable development.  This Digital Forum will explore how forests can help transform global food systems.

Speakers will discuss best practices to enhance synergies, including agroforestry and the restoration of agrosilvopastoral lands, and the adoption of innovative approaches and the latest technologies.

This Digital Forum is part of the 8th World Forest Week and will kick off the 26th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO26)

Please register via the event website.

Simultaneous interpretation available (EN | FR | ES)

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Agroecology TPP’s Community of Practice Activation Workshop

The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology (Agroecology TPP) is delighted to launch its very first Community of Practice (CoP) Activation Workshop, which will take place on 13 September at 3pm CEST. 

The 90-minute session is open to all agroecology enthusiasts, including those who are present members of the CoP. The workshop will help guide you through numerous functionalities of the GLFx platform on which the CoP is hosted, shed light on the scope and purpose of our vibrant and growing community of agroecology enthusiasts, provide a wealth of real-life examples of the CoP features, and explain how to join the CoP to all new members. There will also be plenty of time to ask all of your burning questions and engage in a fruitful discussion about a common vision of our CoP.

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By joining the Agroecology TPP’s CoP, you will be able to share as well as get related news and ideas, have a meaningful conversation with like-minded and knowledgeable group of people, ask direct questions to scientists and explore a wide range of resources on the topic. Hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLFx), the CoP provides an opportunity to connect and learn from each other, develop co-created knowledge, and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field.

Palm oil is one of Indonesia’s key export commodities and contributes significantly to the country’s national and economic development.  The Government of Indonesia has established various policies and programmes to address sustainability concerns associated with oil palm cultivation. These include deforestation, peatland degradation and loss, and forest and land fires. Other stakeholders, including the private sector, have developed their own sustainability policies and practices and ensuring that they comply with mandatory and voluntary sustainability standards. Public and trade policies in consumer countries are also strengthening and supporting sustainable palm oil value chains.

Challenges in relation to a sustainable oil palm sector in Indonesia include: the need to align policies and development goals with the country’s biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development commitments; coordination of various certification mechanisms; and limited capacity of smallholder farmers to comply with sustainability standards.

Further, the global trade of palm oil is regulated and influenced by diverse policy regimes, often leading to price fluctuations that ultimately disadvantage producers.

Under the Trade, Development and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub) – a global research consortium led by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC) and supported by UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) – the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), IPB University, and the University of Indonesia’s Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC-UI) are conducting research to further understand the complexities of, challenges to, and potential solutions for sustainable palm oil trade.

This high-level dialogue is an integral part of TRADE Hub’s research in Indonesia and a platform to bring key stakeholders and experts together to discuss issues and potential solutions for sustainable palm oil trade in Indonesia in light of global challenges surrounding food and energy crises.

The objectives of this high-level dialogue are:

  1. To understand recent phenomena and complexities in the palm oil trade, such as price fluctuations
  2. To discuss strategies for dealing with global challenges such as climate and food crises, and world’s economic recession
  3. To disseminate TRADE Hub findings and research results.

Interpretation in Bahasa will be available.

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Healthy soils for food security in East Africa: Potential of regenerative agriculture

Land degradation heavily impacts on food production in Africa. Agricultural development in the continent requires healthy soil producing healthy crops. Climate change  exacerbates the problem. Regenerative agriculture can help restore soil health and reduce degradation. The practice, together with improved cultivation methods such as reduced tillage and mulching will maintain soil organic matter. Combined with afforestation, improved soil management practices can reduce carbon emissions, and thus contribute to climate change mitigation.

Sustainable Agricultural Intensification on the other hand aims to improve productivity through integrated soil management, which may include the careful use of both organic and inorganic fertilizers along with specific tilling practices. 

Regenerative Agriculture requires compatibility with Sustainable Agricultural Intensification to achieve both improved soil health and food security.

Speakers at this session will exchange their experiences and insights on regenerative agriculture in different contexts. They will also discuss technology and extension approaches suitable for smallholders in Africa.

CIFOR-ICRAF speaker

Leigh Winowiecki

Soil Systems Scientist, Leader, Land Health Decisions, World Agroforestry, CIFOR-ICRAF

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Welcome and introductions

Prof. Ruth Oniang’o, Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association
Mr. Osamu KoyamaPresident, JIRCAS

Keynote Addresses

Regenerative Agriculture as a means to address Global Challenge in agricultural productivity
Prof. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

How to achieve both food security and regenerative agriculture in African smallholder contexts – from agronomic perspective
Prof. Ken Giller, Wageningen University

Field Report

Regenerative Agriculture Practices in Action – a case from Ethiopia
Dr. Fentahun Mengistu, Country Director, Sasakawa Africa Association Ethiopia

Conservation Agriculture practices in Ghana
Dr. Kofi Boa, Excecutive Director, the Center for No-Till Agriculture (CNTA)

Advances in soil health monitoring for food and nutrition security, climate change action and ecosystem restoration
Dr. Leigh WinowieckiGlobal Research Leader: Soil and Land Health / Co-lead: Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH), CIFOR-ICRAF

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Research for the development of healthy soil for farmers to realize food Security
Dr. Satoshi Nakamura, Project Leader, JIRCAS

Panel discussion: Perspectives from panelists
Moderator: Dr. Miyuki Iiyama, Program Director, Information Program, JIRCAS

Promoting Regenerative Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability in Africa: How, and Why? How to Translate Vision of Regenerative Agriculture into Innovations to Achieve both Soil Health and Food Security under Smallholder farming systems in Africa?

  • H.E. Dr. Eyasu Elias, State Minister, Natural Resources Development Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia
  • Dr. Edmundo Barrios, Agricultural Officer, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO
  • Dr. Tilahun Amede, Head, Resilience, Climate and Soil Fertility, AGRA
  • Dr. Sani Miko, Country Director, Sasakawa Africa Association Nigeria

Q&A

Concluding remark – A way forward
Dr. Amit Roy, Vice Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association

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CIFOR-ICRAF at World Water Week 2022

CIFOR-ICRAF will join other professionals at World Water Week to explore and develop solutions to manage water and tackle the global challenges of today including food security, biodiversity loss, climate change, health, and technology.

The agenda includes over 300 sessions seminars, official ceremonies and many other activities on a wide range of topics

  • 23-25 August: Online only – three days of sessions spanning different time zones. 
  • 28 August-1 September: Online and on-site – from 28 August at the Norra Latin venue in Stockholm. All content from 29 August to 1 September will be available online  

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Some 62 representatives of national and subnational governments, NGOs, academia and research institutes attended “Bringing together diverging REDD+ methodologies for strengthening Brazil’s REDD+ finance potential” on May 3, 2022.      The event was held at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute for Spatial Research (INPE) in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

The morning session focused on presenting Brazilian initiatives under REDD+ to estimate GHG emissions and results-based payments from avoided deforestation. Prof. Raoni Rajão from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) showed the differences between estimates by the Amazon Fund, the Forest Reference Emissions Level (FREL) and state proposals submitted to the LEAF Coalition. He pointed out that a baseline of five years, such as in the LEAF Coalition, seems more robust and may better represent the effects of public policies on deforestation rates. Prof. Rajão also showed how state submissions vary greatly, generally around the use of carbon maps, deforestation data and reduction targets. These differences need to be addressed when scaling-up from sub-national to national level.

Subsequently, INPE’s team helped clarify the methods of GHG estimates from the land-use sector in the national inventory and the challenges for monitoring deforestation and degradation in Brazil. The latter might represent an important source of emission, but results-based payment initiatives do not yet account for it; its monitoring is still not effective, especially in the earlier stages. Environmental Ministry representatives offered an overview of FREL methodology and an update on the next submission period.

The afternoon session focused on the integrity of REDD+ methodologies, specifically the TREES standard developed by the ART Secretariat itself. The final panel allowed time for an open discussion, where participants, both online and on-site, shared their perspectives and asked questions.

This event was very relevant to our project since it allowed in-depth discussion of REDD+ methodology and its nuances. It was an important step for the WP4 team to simulate the potential of results-based payments.

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Scientists from CIFOR-ICRAF will join other stakeholders at the 19th Meeting of Parties of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership.

The meeting is organized under three themes: sustainable use, biodiversity, and landscape restoration, as a pathway to accelerate the implementation of the COMIFAC Declaration and the COP 26 Congo Basin Joint Donor Statement: A “Fair Deal” towards sustainable development for the Congo Basin forests, their inhabitants, forests, and biodiversities.

The Congo Basin Partnership Forum will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the meeting.

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CIFOR-ICRAF speakers

Richard Eba’a Atyi

Regional Convener CIFOR-ICRAF Central Africa

Denis Sonwa

Senior Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF

Abdon Awono

Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF

Philippe Guizol

Seconded Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF

Raphael Tsanga

Senior Research Officer, CIFOR-ICRAF