The ability of farmers and forest dwellers to produce food and other goods and services depends on biodiversity in genes, species and ecosystems. Yet the world is experiencing an alarming and accelerating loss of biodiversity, which is undermining progress towards development goals related to poverty, health and climate, among others.
CIFOR-ICRAF’s work on tree productivity and diversity aims to deliver on the best science needed to safeguard tree diversity, domesticate trees and deliver suitable tree planting material to growers – including for food, fodder, timber and medicinal plants.
About this theme
CIFOR-ICRAF’s work on tree genetic resources supports global, regional and national action plans on the management and conservation of trees and biodiversity through the co-development of effective and affordable methods, technologies, gender-responsive guidelines, decision-support tools and proofs of concept in partnership with relevant institutions and networks. Related work on the African Orphan Crops Consortium is designed to improve and enhance nutrition in Africa.
Through this research, CIFOR-ICRAF supports the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 2: Zero hunger; Goal 1: No poverty; and Goal 15: Life on Land, as well as Goal 5: Gender equality.
Trees and forest genetic resources, and biodiversity: Fast facts