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.

Ramni Jamnadass

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

Ramni H. Jamnadass is a Kenyan driven to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and other poor communities through applied agroforestry research, she has great passion in building capacities of national institutes, with a special focus on empowering women. Her leadership and commitment to advanced use of genetic resources beyond conservation has led to successful public-private partnerships for both upstream research and downstream applications related to agrifoods. 

One of her key achievements include establishing, in partnership with Mars Inc., the African Orphan Crops Consortium Next Generation Sequencing (AOCC-NGS) state-of-the-art laboratory to generate sequence information to use in marker-assisted breeding of neglected African crops. She also led a 10-year programme in collaboration with Unilever to domesticate and develop a new tree crop Allanblackia spp for Africa, which has made it to European markets.