About our research

CIFOR is committed to advancing human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by delivering real solutions for forest landscapes and the people who depend on them.

How can we move from science to knowledge to action?

As a research organization, our approach begins with clear science that is designed for impact – not simply for knowledge. We team up with partners to produce knowledge and build capacity, then share this knowledge through targeted engagement and outreach to mobilize action in both local and international arenas. Together, these ‘three pillars’ function together in a theory of change designed to support specific, identified goals.

CIFOR research contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to reducing poverty, improving food and nutrition security, and enhancing natural resource systems and ecosystem services – the three system-level outcomes of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future.

Research teams

CIFOR scientists share a deep commitment to the highest standards of research.

By combining science with knowledge-sharing and collaboration, they are delving deeper into issues ranging from blue carbon to landscape restoration, gender, sustainable timber and wild forest foods.

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Climate change, energy and low-carbon development

CIFOR works at the nexus between climate change mitigation and adaptation, bioenergy and low-carbon development.

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Equal opportunities, gender, justice and tenure

As a cornerstone of sustainable forest management, CIFOR is committed to addressing the inequalities between the men and women who depend on forests for their livelihoods.

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Sustainable landscapes and livelihoods

CIFOR is filling key knowledge gaps on the role forests and agrobiodiversity play in rural diets and livelihoods, while finding answers to questions about migration and land restoration.

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Value chains, finance and investment

CIFOR is investigating how forest products, trade and investment can minimize negative impacts on the environment, address sustainability and improve rural livelihoods.

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Gender equality is both a human right and essential to achieving sustainable development. CIFOR works to fully understand the gender dynamics throughout all of its research, and uses that knowledge to promote transformational change.

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CIFOR and CGIAR Research Programs 

As one of 15 CGIAR Research Centers, CIFOR leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) and works closely with the CGIAR Research Programs on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 

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