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.



CIFOR-ICRAF has had a presence in Kenya since 1978, with Nairobi serving as one of two headquarters. Over the years, we have built partnerships and work closely with government ministries and agencies, county governments, academia, research institutions, development partners and civil society organisations. Our research and development work focuses on generating evidence-based solutions and analysis to inform national policies, plans and strategies on agroforestry, forestry and climate change, including current work to develop the National Agroforestry Strategy. 

Major research areas include food and nutrition security, water management in agricultural systems to cushion against recuring floods and droughts, soil fertility, agricultural productivity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, rain and floodwater management, sustainable woodfuel production, and land restoration. In addition, we are supporting the establishment of the Forest Observatory of Eastern and Southern Africa (OFESA), developing policies and practices to enhance co-benefits from joint forest and water conservation, assessing the impact of land use on water and nutrient cycling in the South-West Mau, and supporting incentives to reduce the climate impact of livestock.  

More recently, we have embarked on long-term work with diverse partners to tackle critically important challenges and achieve transformational change in key geographical locations within the country and cross border, through Tsavo-Amboseli-Mara-Serengeti and Refugee-Hosting and Engagement Landscapes, respectively. 


Catherine Muthuri

Country Director, Kenya and Regional Convener for East Africa

Key outcomes

  • CIFOR-ICRAF forestry and agriculture analyses contributed to the mitigation sub-component of the National Climate Change Action (NCCAP) plan.
  • Research has contribute to increased capacity for monitoring and reporting of land restoration efforts at county and national levels, and associated uptake and scaling of gender-transformative restoration approaches.
  • Research has helped inform various policy processes, including development of Charcoal Briquette Standards in the Bioenergy Strategy 2020–2027, and most recently the national agroforestry strategy.
  • Development of fodder technologies that are protein-rich have boosted milk production and incomes for smallholder dairy farmers.
  • Databases and maps have been developed for suitable fruit trees, soil properties (through the Online Soil Properties Prediction tool), and flood zones including rainwater-harvesting potentials and erosion hotspots. The Watershed Management Protocol Application (WAMPA) was used in a physiographic study of Mwache catchment and to develop the Food and Water Security Master plan for Turkana County.
  • Research in Kenya’s ‘water towers’ showed that citizen science can be a simple, inexpensive way to monitor water across landscapes.


  • Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
  • Africa Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
  • African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)
  • Amaya Triangle Initiative (ATI)
  • Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD)
  • County Government of Makueni
  • Danish Refugee Agency (DRC)
  • Green Innovation Centre Kenya
  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
  • Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
  • Kenyatta University
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives – Kenya
  • Ministry of Energy – Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry – Kenya
  • Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation – Kenya
  • National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
  • Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT)
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • UN Habitat
  • UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • University of Giessen
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Nairobi
  • Vi Agroforestry

Contact us

Catherine Muthuri
Kenya Country Director and Regional Convener for East Africa
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30677-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel (Office): +254 20 7224382
Email: c.muthuri@cifor-icraf.org