Funding and strategic partners

We would like to thank all funders who support CIFOR through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund, as well as our partners below.

Funding partners

Strategic partners

  • Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO)
  • Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE)
  • Bioversity International
  • Bogor Agricultural University (IPB)
  • Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC)
  • French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
  • Chinese Academy of Forestry
  • Clean Power Indonesia (CPI)
  • European Forest Institute (EFI)
  • Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency of the Government of Indonesia (FOERDIA)
  • Forestry Commission of Ghana
  • French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
  • Government of West Papua Province
  • Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF)
  • Guyana Forestry Commission
  • Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group (IPMG)
  • International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA)
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)
  • International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
  • Korea University
  • Makerere University
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Finland
  • Ministère de l’Agriculture et des Aménagements Hydrauliques (MAAH) – Burkina Faso
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) – Vietnam
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) – Peru
  • Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources – Kenya
  • Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources (MTENR) – Zambia
  • Mongabay
  • Institute National pour l’Etude et la Recherche Agronomiques (INERA) – Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) – Indonesia
  • Resources and Synergies Development
  • Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
  • Royal Roads University
  • SNV – Netherlands
  • The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF)
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Universitas Tanjungpura
  • Université de Kisangani (UNIKIS)
  • Vietnamese Academy of Forest Sciences
  • Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) – Indonesia

Forests in a
time of crises


In 2019, the world witnessed some of our greatest challenges shift gears from urgent to emergency – from climate crisis to landscape degradation to the wildfires that devastated ecosystems across several continents. But it also saw momentum build with the announcement of the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration, a focus on nature-based solutions, and the recognition of local forest communities and Indigenous Peoples are the best land managers for forest conservation.

Another exciting development – the merger of CIFOR and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) – set the stage for more evidence and solutions that will improve people’s lives, help to conserve and restore the ecosystems that support people and nature, and respond to the global climate crisis.

Our scientists advanced critical knowledge on forest landscape restoration, wild foods and timber legality in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and peatland fires, biofuel, oil palm and wetland ‘blue carbon’ in Indonesia – with clear policy impacts in Southeast Asia from 10 years of social forestry research and engagement. Our ongoing Global Comparative Studies – GCS REDD+ and GCS Tenure – continued to bring science to policy makers across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Gender researchers looked deep into a myriad of topics, and we mourned the loss of principal scientist and Nairobi hub leader Esther Mwangi, whose legacy of achievements in gender and land rights won’t be soon forgotten. Finally the Global Landscapes Forum brought even more people together, both at events from Accra to Luxembourg as well as through exciting new digital innovations.