The CGIAR Research Program on ‘Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance’ responds to the urgent need for a strong and sustained research focus on forest management and governance, given the crucial role of forests in confronting some of the most important challenges of our time: climate change, poverty, and food insecurity. Impact-driven and innovative, FTA seeks to enhance the management and use of forests, agroforestry and tree genetic resources across the landscape.
The partnership consisting of international agricultural research centers cooperating in the CGIAR has completed a first phase of research on “Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance”. The research outcomes from this work are already influencing policy-makers (for example in designing Payment for Ecosystem Services schemes) – and practitioners (for example in increasing crop yields). The partnership is preparing for a second phase (2017-2022), with a research agenda that more closely aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals.
FTA is working in Asia, Africa and Latin America, from the ‘tree’ to the ‘global’ scale, and tends to work on the interface of many disciplines and issues. We have long-term connections with selected landscapes, but also work at national scale and on the understanding of the full range of variation in the way forests of all types, plus the trees outside forest or trees on farm in agroforestry function currently as well as how functions can be further enhanced. We value our existing cooperation with academic, government, NGO and private sector partners, and are keen to explore new partnerships for the second phase.
This discussion forum will highlights the achievements of the first phase and provide opportunities to give feedback on plans for the coming period.
Speakers:- Christopher Martius, Principal Scientist, CIFOR
- Meine Van Noordwijk, Chief Science Adviser, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)