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Center for International Forestry Research – World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF)

The Center for International Forestry Research is a non-profit scientific research organization that conducts research on the use and management of forests with a focus on tropical forests in developing countries. World Agroforestry (ICRAF) generates science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits - both direct and indirect - of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and agricultural landscapes, and disseminates this knowledge to develop policy options and promote practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment. ICRAF is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre. ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru.


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foret congo. Jan Sochor/Getty Images

Protection des forêts du Congo : de nouveaux parcs à bois peuvent contribuer à lutter contre l'exploitation illégale des forêts

Les parcs à bois, où les documents relatifs aux chargements de bois sont contrôlés, peuvent contribuer à endiguer les pertes financières liées aux exportations illégales.
Farmland razed by Eritrean soldiers at a village in Ahferom district, Central zone, Tigray. Abrha Brhan Gebre/with permission

The war on Tigray wiped out decades of environmental progress: how to start again

Typically, humanitarian concerns are prioritised following a war. But the environment must also get attention so that societies can produce food and goods to rebuild their lives.
Food systems can disenfranchise marginalised and vulnerable communities worldwide. Pxfuel

Our global food systems are rife with injustice: here’s how we can change this

Helping transform food systems so they serve people around the world starts with taking an active approach to addressing inequalities.
Ethiopians take part in a national mass tree-planting drive. Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Mass tree planting: how to do it right

Paying attention to tree seed to enhance forest landscape restoration: new resources for Africa are available.
Farmers working the land in the Western Sahara, Egypt. DeAgostini/Getty Images

Africa’s drylands are getting more support. How to make the most of this

A changing climate threatens the balance that communities in drylands have created.
Photo by MONIRUL BHUIYAN/AFP via Getty Images

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided.
Young Kenyans typically see farming playing some role in their future, although few respondents want only to farm. Getty Images

How young Kenyans feel about farming goes against conventional wisdom

Young people typically see farming playing some role in their future as they prefer to remain in their rural homes, although few respondents want only to farm.
A maize farmer in Kenya surveys his degraded land. Photo by David Bathgate/Corbis via Getty Images

Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries

Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land.
COVID-19 mitigation could open new opportunities for agroecological innovation, here a multifunctional landscape in Ethiopia. Michael Hauser (ICRISAT)

COVID-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system

It’s time to redesign food systems that deliver healthy foods, allow farming families to make a good living, and support thriving societies.
Hard work and poor prospects for smallholder farming households in Africa. Swathi Sridharan (formerly ICRISAT, Bulawayo)

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support.
Soil health maps can help smallholder farmers make better decisions on improving their yields. Rod Waddington/Flickr

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing.
About 40% of Cameroon’s territory is covered in forest. Philippe JONG/Shutterstock

What Cameroon can teach others about managing community forests

Forest communities have seen little or no change in improving livelihoods and stopping deforestation.


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