Trees are productive, act as capital and provide other ecosystem services. They make livelihoods more sustainable when integrated in agricultural production systems. FTA’s research seeks to alleviate the constraints that people face in benefiting from tree and forest resources, even on their own land.
These include agronomic constraints, the time lag between investment in establishing trees and returns, regulated or underdeveloped markets for tree products, and policies that restrict what people can do with trees, because of forest legislation affecting land and tree tenure and usufruct rights. This is why this research theme addresses the enabling environment in tandem with technology development.