FTA is one of the CGIAR global partnership’s 11 research programs. In carrying out its research, FTA is led by the Center for International Forestry Research, in partnership with Bioversity InternationalCATIECIRAD, the International Network for Bamboo and RattanTropenbos International, and the World Agroforestry, and links with dozens of scientific and development institutions.

It currently includes more than 140 projects worldwide and a range of cross-cutting, value-adding research, engagement and outreach activities.

FTA research and activities are organized into five research themes called flagships, and three cross-cutting themes.

FTA not only facilitates collaboration among its own research areas and cross-cutting themes, but also with other CGIAR research programs. FTA fills a specific role in the overall CGIAR portfolio as the only program that works on all aspects of the value and benefits of trees and forests for agricultural landscapes and sustainability as linked to agricultural development.

Through its research, FTA aims to better understand these aspects, solutions to enhance them — from technical options to management, governance and policy — and to enable actors to unlock the potential and maximize the benefits of trees.


Flagship 1: Tree genetic resources to bridge production gaps and promote resilence
Flagship 2: Enchancing how trees and forests contribute to smallholder livelihoods
Flagship 3: Sustainable value chains and investmens for supporting forest conversation and equitable development
Flagship 4: Landscape dynamics, productivity and resilence
Flagship 5: Forests, trees and agroforestry for climate change adaption and mitigation

Cross-cutting themes

Gender and youth
Monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment
Capacity development

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