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 been carrying out research related to natural resource management, including forestry and agroforestry, in Zambia since 1985 and has worked with a wide range of government agencies and non-governmental organizations.  

Currently research areas include integrated pest management, agroecological approaches to fall armyworm control, sustainable agricultural intensification, improving nutrition through tailored portfolios of food trees, forest ecology and conservation, community forest management, integrated landscape approaches, forests-fish linkages, participatory charcoal kiln efficiencies, indigenous tree regeneration capacities, sustainable wildlife management, quantifying the collection and consumption of foods from forests. Working with the Forestry Department, CIFOR-ICRAF is leading the implementation of a large-scale forest dynamics plot as part of the global ForestGeo network, and with support from the World Bank, we are implementing surveys using the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework for baseline monitoring of forest restoration in Eastern Province.  


Maimbo Malesu

Country Coordinator, Zambia

Key outcomes

  • CIFOR-ICRAF research contributed to the formulation of a National Agroforestry Policy.
  • CIFOR-ICRAF hosted a major conference on FAW management and contributed to the formulation of a regional strategy for implementing IPM.
  • Research on informal trade of the fast-disappearing Pterocarpus tinctorius or ‘mukula’ rosewood tree contributed to its inclusion of Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • Nutrition research in 21 African countries found a positive relationship between tree cover and dietary diversity, contributing to the Committee on World Food Security recognizing the critical role of forests in global food security and nutrition.
  • The East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA) provides a platform to foster regional data sharing.


  • Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO)
  • ETG-Farmers’ Foundation
  • Forestry Department (Ministry of Green Economy and Environment, Zambia)
  • Self Help Africa
  • Swedish International Water Institute – SIWI
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • WeEffect
  • World Vision Zambia
  • Zambezi Watercourse Commission – ZAMCOM
  • Zambia Agricultural Research Institute (Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Zambia Community-Based Natural Resources Management Forum (ZCBNRMF)
  • Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats)

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Contact us

Maimbo Malesu
Country Coordinator
13 Elm Road Woodlands
Lusaka, Zambia
Mobile: +260 968 027 217 | +260 976 317 610 | +260 955 499 146
Email: M.Malesu@cifor-icraf.org