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.

Finance, trade and investment

Finance, trade and investment

CIFOR-ICRAF and partners are researching how to make timber and high-value tree crops – such as oil palm and cocoa – more sustainable for both landscapes and livelihoods.

Consumer awareness of how commodities – such as timber, cocoa and palm oil – affect ecosystems, people and the climate is driving a transformation in these industries. Private companies, governments and financial services providers are investing more and more in sustainable activities that reduce pressure on forests and farm-forest landscapes.

CIFOR-ICRAF is supporting this transition through research on public policy, business models, private investments and finance to find solutions that support smallholder farmers, who depend more and more on global markets for their incomes. Scientists are documenting the conditions needed to make supply chains more sustainable and inclusive, as well as exploring ways to leverage public and private initiatives to address performance gaps, particularly in the oil palm and cocoa sectors. And work on the sustainable production and marketing of non-timber forest products aims to improve smallholder livelihoods while maintaining ecosystem services and biodiversity.

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Michael Allen Brady

Principal scientist

George Schoneveld

Senior Scientist

Finance, trade and investment: Fast facts

50% of the world’s GDP is dependent on nature1
Every dollar invested in restoration creates up to USD 30 dollars in economic benefits2
The New York Declaration on Forests was endorsed by 36 national governments, 53 companies and 54 civil-society organizations3
The Consumer Goods Forum represents 400 companies across 70 countries, which collectively employ nearly 10 million people and have sales of more than USD 3 trillion4


1 World Economic Forum [WEF] (2020). The Global Risks Report 2020. Geneva: World Economic Forum.
2 Ding, H., Faruqi, S., Wu, A., Altamirano, J-C., Ortega, A.A., Zamora-Cristales, R., et al. (2018). Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute.
3, 4 Zero deforestation initiatives and their impacts on commodity supply chains

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