About us

  • Home
  • About us


Distribution of FTA projects in Phase II
Distribution of FTA projects in Phase II

One-third of our planet is covered with forests, and about 1 billion people depend on forest resources for their lives and livelihoods. Forests are a nutritional bounty and provide essential services to agriculture. Forests also play a vital role in slowing the pace of climate change through carbon storage and in mitigating the effects of severe weather events.

Yet, in the time it takes to read this page, an area of forest roughly equal to 100 football fields (45 hectares) will have been cleared to make way for agriculture or mining, or will have been degraded by unsustainable or illegal logging and other poor land-use practices.

Since 2011, 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. In 2017, FTA entered it second research phase, building on the strong partnerships of the previous six years.

Research outcomes are influence policy-makers (for example in designing Payment for Ecosystem Services schemes) – and practitioners (for example in increasing crop yields).

The Center for International Forestry Research leads the program in partnership with Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), Bioversity International, the International Organization for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Tropenbos InternationalTropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, CATIE), and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

The program comprises five flagship projects:

The program also includes cross-cutting themes:

  • A gender strategy that views gender integration in research as a fundamental part of doing good science and integrates gender analysis and research into each of the five flagship projects.
  • An effective and innovative system to monitor, evaluate and assess the impact of the program’s work.
  • A capacity development component to raise awareness of the FTA research program and improve its methodologies.

Find out more about Phase I of the program.

Click here to read our leaflet about Phase II.

Back to top

Sign up to our monthly newsletter

Connect with us