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.

Challenges

Challenges

As the world reels from concurrent and successive crises, so much is clear: food, agricultural and forestry systems will need to change if we are to ensure a future worth living for succeeding generations. We cannot continue to produce food, fibre, timber and energy at the cost of the planet; destroyed forests are too high a price to pay for cosmetics; degraded farms that produce lower-quality food are an unnecessary cost; and the energy that drives all of this can no longer come from below or above the surface of the Earth unless it is renewable.

Find out how CIFOR-ICRAF is addressing five major global challenges with actionable, game-changing solutions.

Deforestation and biodiversity loss

Deforestation and biodiversity loss


Forests and trees absorb carbon, regulate the climate, and provide fresh water, food, shelter, energy, medicines and livelihoods to millions of people.

Yet we continue to log and degrade forest landscapes at alarming rates …

A climate
in crisis

A climate in crisis


Global heating is a well-documented fact, and the impacts of a changing climate are being felt worldwide.

But we are fast reaching a tipping point from which we cannot return …

Transforming food systems

Transforming food systems


As the global human population approaches an estimated 9 billion people by 2050, the consequences of a global food crisis loom larger each year.

Time is running out to transform the way we produce food …

Unsustainable supply and value chains

Unsustainable supply and value chains


Consumer awareness about the unsustainability of commodity production has delivered a wake-up call to private companies, governments and financial service providers.

But are they doing enough, quickly enough, to change business as usual?

Extreme
inequality

Extreme inequality


Deforestation and land degradation, global heating, failing agriculture and destructive value chains … all of these challenges hit the most vulnerable people the hardest.

What will it take for women, Indigenous Peoples and rural communities to be heard?

These challenges interact with and amplify each other in myriad ways (Figure 2). Our work addresses these challenges directly and in their complexity, contributing to long-term solutions as well as to global processes including the Sustainable Development Goals.