About CIFOR–ICRAF

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.


CIFOR–ICRAF delivers 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.

Our strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have provided a global framework for development for the next 10 years, as well as with the findings of recent United Nations reports on climate change and biodiversity.

Merged since 2019, CIFOR–ICRAF is uniquely equipped to deliver transformative science. We combine the diverse skills of our more than 700 staff and our long-established partnerships to support a whole-landscape mandate: agricultural lands, intact forest and everything in between. Our innovative digital platforms and engagement strategy ensures the latest knowledge is shared widely with our partners and stakeholders.

CIFOR–ICRAF merger: Accelerating impact for a sustainable world

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) – the world’s leading research and development organizations focused on forestry and agroforestry – effectively merged in January, 2019.

Together we provide the research, policy development and bespoke solutions needed to help forward-thinking countries, communities and companies improve land management, livelihoods, sustainability and resiliency.

We live in a world of escalating, complex challenges

It is increasingly clear that inclusive, science-based solutions are essential to address complex environmental and social challenges arising out of the climate crisis, land degradation, large-scale migration and demographic change, food security and the need for good jobs, to name just a few. Ecosystems around the world are under strain. Forests and agriculture alone cover two-thirds of the global land area, provide more than 95 percent of all human food, and create employment for more than half of all adults.

Deforestation, land degradation, depletion of the planet’s natural capital, the climate crisis, social disruption and inequality are ubiquitous and interconnected problems that the world has failed to adequately address. In the face of these challenges, we urgently need to better connect equitable prosperity and ecosystem resilience with sustainable landscapes.

The global community will need to spend trillions of dollars on innovations and on investments in land restoration and climate adaptation over the coming decades to meet these escalating demands for improved resilience and greater productivity. This is essential if we are to reverse the dangerous degradation of the world’s landscapes.

We provide an integrated approach from the heart of the forest to the edge of the field

Our combined expertise brings together the essential science-based policy advice with practical project implementation and analysis that leverages 65 years of experience and $1.8 billion in research investments.

A combined CIFOR-ICRAF possesses the scale and expertise required to address the knowledge gaps in such relevant fields as land restoration and productivity investments. At the same time, CIFOR-ICRAF is also providing the evidence needed to form a base case for investments in increased ecosystem resilience. In fact, our combined research and development work in dozens of countries throughout the global south ranges from the natural science of landscapes, soils and trees, to value chains, gender and livelihoods, to policy proposals related to all of these fields.

CIFOR-ICRAF offers policy makers, the private sector and communities a more integrated and comprehensive approach to what is a challenging array of problems; and to finding solutions to these problems.

We understand that fragmented and inadequate approaches have failed to address these problems adequately in the past. But it’s not too late. Together, our institutional experience and knowledge provide the depth and breadth of experience that is essential if we are to tackle these critical, global challenges.

We share a history of cooperation and impact

ICRAF and CIFOR have been working together for a quarter century, cooperating on research projects, co-publishing papers and as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). This is the world’s largest research-for-development initiative aimed at enhancing the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security, and addressing climate change. Together, the two research centers have co-published scientific articles and worked together in over 40 countries to provide the scientific foundations for policy to improve the lives of those relying on forests and landscapes for their well-being. The Centers’ work is referenced more than 2,000 times annually by major outlets including The New York Times, Reuters and The Guardian.

We remain committed to our current agreements, programs and projects

A cornerstone of our merger agreement is the continued dedication to our existing commitments and contracts to ensure delivery of the public goods the organizations’ donors and stakeholders, including our host countries, desire and expect.

Similarly, all payment systems and due diligence processes remain, and both Centers will continue to honor their obligations, maintain the same financial relationships and be able to enter contracts in the usual manner.

Our relationship with CGIAR remains strong

CIFOR–ICRAF remain members in good standing and continue to be guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR – a global research partnership for a food-secure future – including poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services.

About our leadership

We are governed by a Common Board possessing diverse skills in areas such as agroforestry and forestry science, natural resources management, audit, finance and risk management, policy and governance.

The Common Board of Trustees’ primary mandate is providing governance oversight to ensure ICRAF, CIFOR and the CIFOR-ICRAF effective merger function to the highest standard to execute their mission. In order to do this effectively, the Common Board of Trustees has delegated the day-to-day management of the Centers to the Directors General, who are assisted by senior managements teams that are actively working towards a single leadership team and unified policies, processes and systems.

Some facts and figures

CIFOR–ICRAF has an annual budget of over USD 100 million and employs about 700 people in more than 20 countries throughout the Global South. We will continue to maintain our headquarters in Indonesia and Kenya, respectively. The strong relationships with our host countries are critical and allow both organizations to continue operating as they have, with the networks they have and with the cooperation and support of important global tropical forestry and agroforestry countries.