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Perú: Reconocer y facilitar la pequeña producción de madera de purma podría traer beneficios para todos

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Los agricultores a pequeña escala que producen madera en tierras de purma (el término local para tierras en barbecho) en la Amazonía peruana se beneficiarían de un mecanismo regulador que ayude a transformar la cadena de valor del sector informal en una basada en la equidad y la sostenibilidad, sostiene un estudio reciente.

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Gender dynamics in Ghana’s oil palm processing sector

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Known throughout the industry as “oil palm mamas” or “market queens,” women play a competitive role in Ghana’s informal oil palm sector.

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  • Nueva publicación detalla los mejores métodos para el manejo adaptativo y colaborativo en bosques

Nueva publicación detalla los mejores métodos para el manejo adaptativo y colaborativo en bosques

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El trisquel es un símbolo antiguo, frecuentemente representado con tres espirales. Su forma triádica tiene distintos significados para las diferentes culturas que lo han utilizado a lo largo de la historia.

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  • La certification du cacao influence la performance financière des modèles de production au Cameroun

La certification du cacao influence la performance financière des modèles de production au Cameroun

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Alors que le Cameroun figure parmi les principaux producteurs de cacao en Afrique, la certification du cacao n’est pas une pratique très répandue, avec moins d’un quart de la production nationale. Pourtant, en adressant les exigences environnementales, sociales et économiques de la production du cacao, la certification du cacao durable par exemple de Rainforest Alliance ou Fairtrade vise en théorie à répondre aux enjeux de déforestation et à celui de la pauvreté en milieu rural. Ces questions sont d’autant plus importantes au Cameroun que le pays a décidé de relancer sa filière cacao en souhaitant doubler sa production d’ici 2030. Or le secteur du cacao fait face à des exigences nouvelles depuis une dizaine d’années en réponse à la demande croissante de chocolat su le plan mondial, et aux demandes des consommateurs de réduction de son empreinte environnementale et maximisation de son impact socio-économique sur les producteurs.

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Meningkatkan Kapasitas Kepemimpinan di Sektor Kehutanan Indonesia

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Pak Ongko adalah seorang petani dan nelayan berusia 77 tahun. Dulu ia hidup dari ikan Butini (Glossogobius matanensis) dan udang air tawar yang bertebaran di Danau Matano – danau teknonik purba, terpencil di sudut timur Provinsi Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia.

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  • New book details best approaches to Adaptive Collaborative Management in forests

New book details best approaches to Adaptive Collaborative Management in forests

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The triskelion is an ancient symbol, often represented by three spirals. Its triadic form holds various meanings for the different cultures it has represented over the years.

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Lahan Gambut ASEAN: Urgensi dalam Mitigasi Krisis Iklim

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Lahan gambut merupakan salah satu ekosistem paling penting di Bumi dalam perannya menyerap dan menyimpan karbon. Perhimpunan Bangsa Bangsa Asia Tenggara (ASEAN) memiliki peran penting dalam upaya untuk menjamin perlindungannya. Hal itu didengar oleh delegasi yang menghadiri konferensi iklim tingkat tinggi COP 26 di Glasglow.

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Perú: Una plataforma científico-política para un REDD+ eficaz, eficiente y equitativo

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El creciente interés de países y corporaciones en las soluciones basadas en los bosques –incluyendo el marco REDD+ de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático– hace necesario procurar entender a fondo las salvaguardas que se han planteado para promover y proteger los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y comunidades locales del Sur Global. El nuevo financiamiento comprometido para los bosques puede apoyar al desarrollo sostenible, pero también puede traer potenciales retos para estas comunidades.

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  • Final FTA Newsletter - Thank you for 10 incredible years together! (Vol. 5, Issue 6)

Final FTA Newsletter – Thank you for 10 incredible years together! (Vol. 5, Issue 6)

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Welcome to the Final FTA newsletter!

As we close FTA's 10 years as a CGIAR research program, let's look back at achievements, reflect on lessons learned and look into the future.

FTA is a research for development program, one of the most complex endeavours around. It's about generating knowledge, applying it for development, and learning from that, generating new knowledge from implementation.

Together with our partners, FTA has worked in 74 countries to provide innovative research, technical solutions, training and policy support, to leverage the role of trees and forests to enhance smallholder livelihoods, drive sustainable value chains, safeguard biodiversity, improve food security and nutrition, restore landscapes, fight climate change and help adapt to it.

FTA represented a collective research and development investment of about USD 850M over a decade. What is left after 10 years goes way beyond the close to 6000 publications (from scientific articles, technical, to policy reports, many of global importance, most open access, all searchable here. FTA has also contributed to change lives and to change the planet. How to assess this impact is trickier than counting publications. But it is by no means less important.

This is why, two years ago, FTA started a major exercise to assess its contributions and impacts on five key challenges, for our planet and for people. This process brought together the Independent Steering Committee of FTA, impact assessment experts, FTA scientists and partners to (i) design an original, workable approach and operational method to credibly assess impacts at scale for the whole FTA program, since 2011; (ii) deploy the method against five development challenges FTA was expected to address; (iii) learn lessons from the exercise.

FTA is now publishing these 5 integrative impact studies, together with a synthesis (forthcoming). They show tremendous impacts that major clusters of work FTA did achieve, over the years, and under respectively conservative to optimistic hypothesis:

  • Brought between 2–35 million ha of land under restoration.
  • Brought 26–133 million ha of forests under enhanced protection. This represents up to 125 Gt of sequestered carbon dioxide.
  • Brought 60–204 million ha of land under better management via improved policy, monitoring and management practices.
  • Provided between 5–19 million people with better means to exit poverty.
  • Provided 1–3 million people with additional means to improve food and nutritional security.

You can find out more both on the method and on the full studies on this page.

A key lesson from these studies is that, to ensure long-term impact and scalability, it is necessary to work across the research-from-development continuum, at many levels, with Theories of Change bringing technical, social and institutional innovations together with policy-oriented work. You will find the major achievements over a decade within the 18 volumes of the FTA Highlights series, which is a legacy for the future.


Providing evidence-based solutions for stakeholders, farm and forest sector actors, experts and policy makers, and co-generating these with them, was our "bread and butter". But the role of trees and forest go beyond our sectors. Forests and trees are of everybody's concern on this planet. This is why we also sought to reach the broader public though our news pieces, interviews, newsletters and communication campaigns: they are all available here. For example, check out our latest "From Tree to Fork" campaign and our just-launched partnership with Google Arts & Culture to promote the roles of trees!

As we are closing the program as a CGIAR CRP, we measure the change FTA – humbly – contributed to the world. Sometimes, development progress is slow to perceive, but it's quite striking when you look back 10 years behind. It is the same with partnership. Since 2011, a real partnership has formed, bringing together people and institutions. At the "final" event of FTA, on 9 December 2021, Anne-Marie Izac Chairperson of the Independent Steering Committee of FTA reminded us that partnerships are the very "raison-d'être" of the program. And Robert Nasi, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research and Managing Director of CIFOR-ICRAF, and Director of the first phase of FTA stated "there is a demand like never before, much more work to do […] and we have a tremendous set of partners. I see no reason why we should stop here."

As FTA partners now look into the future, they also look at widening the partnership and giving it a renewed impetus. There is so much that trees, forests and agroforestry can bring to the agenda to 2030.

On behalf of all the scientists of FTA, the Management Team and Independent Steering Committee, I thank you for your attention during all these years. We wish you, family and friends a joyful end of 2021, and all best wishes for the year to come.

Special feature

New partnership with Google Arts & Culture brings more visibility to trees

imagethumb.jpgForests and trees are allies in the fight to achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, but it is not always easy to see their contributions to livelihoods, ecosystems, food security and nutrition. On Dec. 9, FTA launched its partnership with Google Arts & Culture to bring audiences eight visually-engaging exhibits for forests, trees and agroforestry. The prestigious collaboration makes 10 years of forest-based research and impact more accessible to global audiences Read more.


FTA Final Event

imagethumb.jpgThe “final” FTA event on Dec. 9 culminated 10 impactful years of research for development; it brought together 338 attendees from over 50 countries to hear about the partnership’s top accomplishments and lessons learned. These successes light the collective path forward into a new decade of continued research and impact. Read more.

Toward a Gender Responsive post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework!

imagethumb.jpgIn the lead up to CBD COP 15, experts from FTA, in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, have prepared some guidance on gender and inclusion to support the finalization of the Gender Plan of Action and its implementation in the coming years. Read about this engaging brief and download the infographic!

More Volumes of the FTA Highlights Series available!

imagethumb.jpgAre you up to date with FTA’s Highlights publications? We recently released the volumes on Tree seed and seedling systems for resilience and productivity, Food Security and Nutrition and Sustainable Value Chains, Finance and Investment in Forestry and Tree Commodities. More to come in the next weeks! Our main page is always updated, bookmark it!

COVID-19 Hub Working Group 4, results!

imagethumb.jpgThe Working Group 4, coordinated by our Director Vincent Gitz, has worked to identify the impacts of COVID-19 on food systems’ fragility and to investigate priority options and solutions to improve resilience and build back better, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable groups and countries. In March 2021, it released the first world-level assessment on the impacts of COVID-19 on food security. In parallel FTA launched a “COVID-19 Rapid Research Response” to better understand and assess the main impacts of COVID-19 and of pandemic response measures across the board, aiming at developing ways to build new resilience to the unprecedented. Detailed results of these studies were presented in a special seminar on the 6th of September. This year’s work concluded with an open webinar where the findings from the studies have been presented. Material available on our WG4 page here!

Interview to Iago Hale and Prasad Hendre

imagethumb.jpgA recent study, published in Frontiers in Plant Science, explores new methods to reverse the decline of shea tree populations by improving the species through the use of genomics.

FTA spoke with two of the paper’s authors: Iago Hale, Associate Professor in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire and the paper’s lead author, and Prasad Hendre, a genomics scientist at World Agroforestry (ICRAF). Read this incredibly informative interview!

Asia-Pacific Roadmap Progress

imagethumb.jpgOur 2-year Asia-Pacific Roadmap is progressing towards the deliverables. On Friday, 5 November 2021, FAO and FTA co-organized a session highlighting youth perspectives on innovative forest technologies, where the first deliverable from the roadmap was launched. This event attracted over 400 attendees and was part of the GLF Climate hybrid conference, “Frontiers of Change.” Stay up to date on our progress page.

Just Launched! eLearning Course on Gender and Social Inclusion in Forest and Landscape Restoration

imagethumb.jpgTo address persisting barriers to enhancing equality and inclusion FTA has developed an open access E-learning course for stakeholders engaged in forest and landscape restoration efforts. The Gender and Inclusion in Forest Landscape Restoration eCourse aims to strengthen the skills and knowledge of FLR stakeholders about policies, approaches, and practices that strengthen integration of gender and social considerations in FLR. The goal is to help course participants find inspiration and practical guidance to contribute towards more gender-responsive FLR to generate equitable and sustainable restoration outcomes. A brochure is also available. Enroll now!

FTA Geoportal Launched!

imagethumb.jpgDiscover geospatial data resources, view mapped data maintained on web-accessible maps, combine mapped data from different live map sources from the catalogue, compare existing data and download the comparison in multiple formats (CSV, PDF or JPEG), upload your shape file data (research area), to the geoportal and review it with the existing data catalogue and baseline map… and much more! Discover the new FTA Geoportal!

2021 From Tree to Fork wrap up!

imagethumb.jpgThe From Tree to Fork campaign is wrapping up for the season, and it’s been a fruitful harvest so far. The 18 fruits and vegetables released up until now bring more visibility to the important contributions of tree foods to livelihoods, cultural traditions, food security, nutrition and more. Learn about these incredible foods!

Banner photo by O. Girard/CIFOR.

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Natural rubber and climate change: a policy paper


Wildlife management and conservation in Vietnam: From policy to practice


Lessons towards rights-responsive REDD+ safeguards from a literature review


Transformational change to reduce deforestation and climate change impacts – A review of definitions, concepts and drivers in scientific and grey literature


Cadenas de valor forestal en Moyobamba, San Martín: Oportunidades para pequeños productores


Rôle de la Table Filière Karité dans l'appui aux producteurs locaux au Burkina Faso


Insécurité et COVID-19 au Burkina Faso: Opportunités et vulnérabilités des femmes de la chaîne de valeurs du karité


Adaptive Collaborative Management in Forest Landscapes: Villagers, Bureaucrats and Civil Society


Shifting perceptions, preferences and practices in the African fruit trade: the case of African plum (Dacryodes edulis) in different cultural and urbanization contexts in Cameroon


Hiệu quả thực hiện chính sách và giải pháp quản lí và bảo tồn động vật hoang dã Nam trong bối cảnh COVID tại Việt Nam


The effectiveness of policies for addressing Covid-19 impacts on wildlife conservation in Vietnam


Community forest enterprises (CFEs) as Social Enterprises: Empirical evidence from Cameroon


The potential to propagate coconut clones through direct shoot organogenesis: A review


Enhancing synergies between gender equality and biodiversity, climate, and land degradation neutrality goals: Lessons from gender-responsive nature-based approaches

The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is the world’s largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security and to address climate change. CIFOR leads FTA in partnership with ICRAF, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, CATIE, CIRAD, INBAR and TBI.

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Workshop builds leadership capacity in Indonesian forest sector

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Pak Ongko, a 77-year-old farmer and fisherman, used to make a reliable living from the Butini fish (Glossogobius matanensis) and freshwater prawns that teemed in Lake Matano – a remote, ancient tectonic lake in the far eastern corner of the province of South Sulawesi in Indonesia.

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  • Ensuring REDD+ finance delivers fair finance and benefits to meet climate goals

Ensuring REDD+ finance delivers fair finance and benefits to meet climate goals

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Establishing standards for measuring, monitoring and assigning financial value to forest-related greenhouse gas emissions is a challenging process due to the wide range of variables at play, said delegates attending the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

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Meet the farmers and scientists collaborating to restore Kenya’s degraded grasslands

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Hellen Atieno Owuor remembers a time when farming goats and cattle in the sub-humid eastern highlands of Kenya was a relatively straightforward task.

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FTA’s 5 Integrated Impact Studies

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In 2021, FTA completed a set of studies focused on documenting the progress of the program’s contribution in addressing key global challenges. Five challenges were identified together with the management team and leadership of FTA, resulting in five integrative impact studies that are relevant to many countries, actors, donors’ priorities, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the CGIAR SLOs and SRF targets.

The synthesis report of all five integrative impact studies is out now!

This document provides a synthesis of the five studies and draws lessons and recommendations for research-for-development programs.

The results of these studies demonstrate the following FTA contributions:

1. Addressing accelerating rates of deforestation and forest degradation. Overall, an estimated 25.6m ha of forests have the potential to be under enhanced protection from deforestation and forest degradation as a result of collective processes to which FTA research and engagement contributed. In addition, if FTA-informed policies are effectively implemented and enforced, there is the potential for 133.4m ha of forests to be better protected from deforestation and degradation in the countries assessed to date. Based on these estimates, between 24 Gt (low-end estimate) and 125.3 Gt (high-end estimate) of CO2 emissions may be avoided as a result of FTA’s contribution to enhanced forest protection.

2. Restoring degraded land and ecosystem services. Cumulative effects of FTA’s research and engagement contributed to placing at least 1.8 million ha under restoration, with the potential for up to 34.5 million ha to be under restoration in the future. Projected carbon sequestration effects of active planting facilitated by FTA is estimated to be from 1.4 million tons CO2 to reach the potential of 511.5 million tons of CO2 in the future.

3. Widespread Unsustainable Land Use Practices. We estimate that 59.5 million ha of landscapes are now under improved management as a result of policy mechanisms, monitoring systems, and changes in on-the-ground management and land use practices influenced by FTA. In addition, if other relevant FTA-influenced policies, action plans, and monitoring systems are effectively implemented and/or scaled in the future, a total of 204 million ha of landscapes have the potential to be better managed.

4. Persistent rural poverty with increasing levels of vulnerability. Overall, the study estimates that 5.1m people (1.3 million people directly and 3.8 million household members indirectly) have additional means to exit poverty or have increased resilience to impoverishment as a result of FTA’s contributions. This estimate includes people with increased access to inputs for tree- and agroforestry-based production; people who adopted enhanced management or diversified production practices to increase yields; people who adopted low-cost processing techniques and value-addition; people with enhanced access to formal markets and/or business and marketing skills. We project that if all individuals reached by FTA adopt FTA-promoted options and technologies into their practice, in addition to the effective implementation of FTA-influenced policies, strategies, and action plans, 19m people (5.7 million people directly and 13.3 household members indirectly) have the potential to benefit from additional means to exit poverty or reduce their vulnerability of falling into poverty.

5. Rising demand for nutritious food for both current and future generations. Overall, FTA reached over 760,000 households with additional means to improve their food security and nutritional status, with evidence of uptake of FTA innovations among one-third of these households (248,398). Evidence of significant FTA contributions to several policy-related outcomes was also found and documented.

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  • Sauver les écosystèmes forestiers des paysages multifonctionnels de Garoua-Boulaï dans la région de l’Est-Cameroun

Sauver les écosystèmes forestiers des paysages multifonctionnels de Garoua-Boulaï dans la région de l’Est-Cameroun

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Au Cameroun, les paysages de Garoua-Boulaï dans la région de l’Est se caractérisent par des écosystèmes dominés par des savanes boisées. Les activités pratiquées dans ces espaces représentent des facteurs de dégradation du paysage. On note entre autres l’agriculture, l’élevage, l’exploitation minière et forestière. A cela, s’ajoute la production du bois énergie (bois de chauffage et production de charbon) pour répondre aux divers besoins énergétiques des populations riveraines. En outre, les paysages de Garoua-Boulaï présentent la particularité d’être la terre d’accueil de plus de 60 000 réfugiés centrafricains installés depuis plusieurs années en quête de stabilité du fait de la crise politique en République Centrafricaine. En effet, l’arrivée massive de ces réfugiés a augmenté la pression sur l’environnement, la demande croissante du bois-énergie constituant l’une des causes. Il va sans dire que le paysage dans lequel se déroulent aussi bien les activités des autochtones que celles des étrangers, finit par se dégrader de manière profonde.

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  • Fortalecer los derechos sobre la tierra de las mujeres para mejorar la resiliencia al cambio climático, señalan expertos

Fortalecer los derechos sobre la tierra de las mujeres para mejorar la resiliencia al cambio climático, señalan expertos

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En todo el mundo, menos del 15 % de los propietarios de tierras son mujeres, una disparidad que tiene importantes consecuencias para el estado y bienestar general de mujeres, niños y sus comunidades. Sumado a ello, esta realidad dificulta los esfuerzos para desarrollar resiliencia frente al cambio climático, destacaron los delegados de una mesa redonda que tuvo lugar en la cumbre climática COP26 de la ONU en Glasgow.

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