In 2017, for the first time, the UN Committee on World Food Security will discuss the roles of forests and nutrition, and FTA is contributing to the scientific report that will underpin these discussions. But this isn’t the only reason why FTA Director Vincent Gitz is excited about new opportunities to make research on forests, trees and agroforestry relevant. Read his blog here.
The gender specialists within FTA want to continue their successful work this year. One focus is on action research, using innovative methodologies. Improving awareness of gender issues and the capacities to address them, remains key. Read more here.
Meet FTA’s new partners: Tropenbos International and INBAR
Two new partners have come on board for the second phase of FTA, with a stronger focus on getting research findings to the people for whom they matter. Tropenpos International and INBAR shared their plans and thoughts on what this means for the program and for themselves.
To tackle the challenges of overcoming poverty and hunger without trashing our planet, you’d better be bold. This is what the livelihood systems Flagship of FTA will be trying in the new phase starting this year. What this means exactly? You’ll see here.
In Phase II, FTA is developing its monitoring team MELIA as a core research and support unit with team members from each of the participating centers—the perfect opportunity to help improve research quality and research effectiveness within FTA, the CG, and beyond. Read the blog here.
In 2017, Flagship 3 will continue its work to improve the sustainability of value chains and include smallholders. A big part of the activities is also about building bridges to connect responsible financial institutions and innovative financing mechanisms with smallholders and land users in forest landscapes. Read more about their research plans here.
The landscapes theme of FTA is plunging right into the new phase with an event to rethink the connection between trees, water and climate. Read here how the scientists are reorienting some of their research and what else they have planned for this year.
Among the major outputs of Flagship 1 research this year will be a contribution to an assessment of the global status of biodiversity and a global survey of tree seed selection with regards to landscape restoration. Also researchers look forward to the first results of genome sequencing of both crop and tree species under the African Orphan Crops Consortium. Read here what else is coming up under this theme.
The CGIAR and its research programs, including FTA, will put more emphasis on research that is relevant for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Aichi Targets. At the recent CBD COP13, both sides extended the existing agreement to support the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Read more here.
For the first time, researchers of the African Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) came together for a conference and emphasized the need to account for natural capital. One example given was Kenya’s first biodiversity atlas of the country’s natural capital. Read more about the conference here.