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.

Refugee-hosting Engagement Landscape programme

For more resilient landscapes and livelihoods in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa hosts about a third of the world’s refugee population, which  has risen from about 2 million to over 6 million in a decade. Forced migration – mainly driven by poverty, conflict, political instability and climate change – is changing some sub-Saharan African landscapes as the need to build shelter, source woodfuel, and create new agricultural or pastoral land depletes natural resources.

 Achieving long-term solutions in refugee landscapes has been a challenge, but one that also presents an opportunity. Much of the long-term damage can be avoided if early interventions include Nature Based Solutions for provisioning of basic needs, resilient livelihoods and landscapes. Deforestation and land degradation can be reversed if long-term solutions are sought through dialogue with both refugee and host communities, as well as other stakeholders.

The Refugee-hosting Engagement Landscapes programme in Africa aims at viable equitable livelihoods in resilient landscapes that foster well-being for people and the planet.

CIFOR-ICRAF and partners, such as UN agencies, governments, development partners, funders, non-governmental organizations, community based-organizations and research and academia, are applying a landscape approach that delivers evidence-based, actionable and context-based gender-responsive innovations for resilient social ecological systems. This approach promotes collaboration and synergies between actors; contributes to international dialogue; and informs planning, programming and policy development.

To begin, the programme is focusing on seven countries, with interventions allowing for collaboration across regions.


Refugee-hosting Engagement Landscape programme co-leads

Mary Njenga

Refugee-hosting landscape engagement co-lead, research scientist, bioenergy

Abdon Awono

Scientist, forests and woodfuel

Team members

Cathy Watson

Chief of partnerships

Peter Gilruth

Senior Advisor, CIFOR-ICRAF

Catherine Muthuri

Kenya Country Director and Regional Convener for East Africa

Erik Acanakwo

Country Representative, Uganda

Ann Degrande

Country Coordinator, Cameroon

Paolo Omar Cerutti

Principal Scientist/Country Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo

Richard Eba’a Atyi

Senior Scientist & Hub Leader

Niguse Hagazi

Researcher and Interim Country Representative, Ethiopia

Athanase Mukuralinda

Rwanda Country Director

Anthony Kimaro

Scientist/Tanzania Country Representative

Jolien Schure

Associate Scientist

Phosiso Sola

Senior Scientist, Natural Resource Governance and Bioenergy Carbon and Livelihood Development Lead

Divine Foundjem

Marketing Scientist

Harriet Kabasindi

Research Assistant

Fatihah Kobugabe

Research Assistant

Eunice Wamwangi

Senior Project Officer

Caroline Njoki

Communications Officer

Prossy Kyomuhendo

Consultant/PhD Student

James Kinyua Gitau