Introducing the FTA Partnership

A new chapter for forests, trees and agroforestry that keeps research-for-development (R4D) at its heart.

Our planet and its people are currently suffering a tremendous set of major challenges —from environmental degradation to climate change, biodiversity loss, unsustainable agricultural practices, persisting poverty and more.

Can we change the current trajectory, avoid a doomsday scenario and progress towards sustainable development?

The members of the newly re-launched Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Partnership (FTA) believe the answer is “yes.”

Renewed mission

After 10 successful years as a CGIAR Core Research Program (CRP), FTA has relaunched and renewed its mission to support all actors — public and private (including farmers, foresters, indigenous peoples and local communities) — to harness the power of forests, trees and agroforestry for sustainable development. It will do so by co-generating knowledge, linking scientific, indigenous, and local knowledge, co-elaborating adapted solutions and innovations, and advising on how to scale up and out for greater impact.

Such work will benefit people and the planet – especially in countries where there is a demand for improved enabling environments in the agricultural and forestry sectors. The Partnership’s work will particularly target those who depend on farms and forests for their livelihoods including smallholders, indigenous peoples and local communities.

to access the archived CGIAR FTA website

The vision

FTA envisions a world where forests, trees and agroforestry play a vibrant and fundamental role for sustainable development that benefits people and the planet. Trees are indispensable for resilient, inclusive, healthy and productive landscapes. When properly governed and managed, they can help address the key challenges of climate change, deforestation, land degradation, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and inequality.


To move towards their vision, the Partnership will focus on enhancing the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry to six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while recognizing synergies and trade-offs with all other goals. It aims for transformational change that results in:

  1. Reduced deforestation, increased forest areas under protection and restoration.
  2. Increased farm and forest areas under sustainable management.
  3. Tree-product value chains more sustainably and equitably managed and governed.
  4. Increased and optimized substitution of fossil or non-renewable resources with sustainably produced bio-based products.
  5. Reduced net greenhouse gas emissions from land-use and land-use change
  6. Improved livelihoods, agency and rights for farmers and foresters in landscapes
  7. Improved inclusion, gender and social equity in landscapes and along value chains, including with respect to indigenous peoples and local communities.
  8. Improved diets and nutrition worldwide with a diversity of forest and tree-based products.
  9. Biodiversity restored in landscapes from farm to forests.
  10. Increased adaptive capacity to climate change, from farms, forests to cities.

Key functions

To achieve these objectives, the new FTA Partnership has adopted three key functions:

Knowledge and solutions generation and sharing. FTA will work to compile, analyze and synthetize knowledge - both locally and across geographies - through context-relevant means that involve the participation of different genders and indigenous peoples.

Evidence-based advocacy, communication and engagement. FTA initiatives will make forests, trees and agroforestry more visible in global, regional and national dialogues surrounding the SDGs.

Operational engagement with stakeholders. FTA will facilitate exchanges and synergies with and between stakeholders that are engaged in projects on the ground.

How the FTA Partnership Works


FTA brings together complementary partners that represent different degrees of participation:

  1. Core partners participate in FTA’s governance as members of the Strategic Group (right). They help determine the partnership’s strategic orientation, in consultation with associated partners.
  2. Associated partners join FTA with a focus on a sub-set of issues, themes or geographies. They are kept regularly informed of developments and opportunities to collaborate and provide feedback and input.


The Partnership is governed by a Strategic Group that is made up of representatives from the Core Partners and the head of the Secretariat.

This Group is responsible for creating task forces, working groups and collaborative thematic networks to address specific issues and activities related to the three key functions.

The Secretariat will support the Strategic Group and the task forces by facilitating fluid circulation of information between all partners and external audiences. They are responsible for the day-to-day management of the partnership and its operations.


To fulfill these functions, the partnership has two main categories of activities

  1. cross-cutting research and integrative activities and
  2. thematic, transformative research for development projects with operational engagement on the ground.

Into the future

As of June 2022, 16 organizations — both new and historic —  have signed the voluntary membership charter. Stay tuned for more updates about the Partnership and its important work!

Core and Associated Partners

  1. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  2. World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
  3. Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (ABC)
  4. Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
  5. French Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CIRAD)
  6. International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
  7. Tropenbos International
  8. Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF)
  9. Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation (EMBRAPA)
  10. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
  11. International Rubber Study Group (IRSG)
  12. Swedish International Agricultre Network Initiative (SIANI)
  13. Forest, Climate, and Livelihood Research Network (Focali)
  14. European Forest Institute (EFI)
  15. Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO)
  16. Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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