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.

Tree Genetic Resources (TGR)

Tree Genetic Resources (TGR)

Realizing economic and ecological value from tree productivity and diversity

Fruits, nuts, leaves, bark, resin and other tree products are excellent sources of food, fibre and other ecosystem services. Many are rich in minerals and vitamins, and tree foods often provide people with a safety net in times of scarcity. Trees can protect the environment in both forests and agricultural landscapes by stabilizing and enriching the soil, drawing water and nutrients from deep in the ground and carbon from the air, providing fodder and shelter for livestock and create micro-climates. Yet the lack of quality tree-planting materials that are suited to location and purpose poses serious constraints to tree planting initiatives worldwide.

CIFOR-ICRAF is developing genetic resources to safeguard tree diversity, domesticate tree species, and provide growers with the best-suited planting material for their particular needs. Through collaborative research and development, we work with relevant institutions and networks to help boost the availability and access of quality seeds and materials, so that the right tree can be planted in the right place, for the right purpose.

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Ramni Jamnadass

Team Leader, Trees and forest genetic resources, and biodiversity

Lars Graudal

Co-Team Leader, Trees and forest genetic resources, and biodiversity

Tree genetic resources (TGR): Fast facts

CIFOR-ICRAF genebanks support global and regional strategies for tree genetic resources conservation of at least 10 globally-important and 100 regionally-important food or income-generating tree species


Source: World Agroforestry. 2017. Corporate Strategy 2017-2026. Nairobi: World Agroforestry.

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