FTA engages with a select number of research partners for coproduction of knowledge, policy engagement and capacity building. Development or knowledge-sharing partners with complementary capacities are engaged to undertake work on research, field implementation, outreach, engagement and capacity building. Other linkages enable policy and out-scaling.
|•||Advanced research centers such as the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Copernicus Institute|
|•||Developing country research partners such as research institutes as well as national non-governmental organizations and universities, including Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and the University of Sao Paulo (USP)|
|•||Universities in developed countries such as Wageningen University (WUR), Utrecht University (UU), Bonn University and ETH Zurich|
|•||Development organizations such as the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)/R4D|
|•||Multilateral organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP- FI), the World Bank (WB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)|
|•||Business networks such as the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)|
|•||Certification initiatives such as the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Association of Sustainability Standards (ISEAL Alliance)|
|•||Regulators such as ministries and state agencies across sectors including forestry, environment, economy, finance, and trade and investment|
|•||Environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)|
|•||Business platforms and networks such as Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA 2020)|
This work on value chains and investments is integrated with other research areas within FTA, specifically with tree genetic resources by exploring opportunities from improved tree-planting material in certain value chains; livelihood systems through assessing the performance of smallholder production systems that embrace high-value trees (e.g. cocoa, coconut, rubber, coffee, oil palm) under different business models; landscapes by exploring the impacts of value chains in environmental services in landscapes and initiatives to deal with them, such as certification; and climate change by providing analysis of the effectiveness of governance arrangements in supporting the transition to more sustainable supply chains and thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, FTA’s work on value chains and investments links with other CGIAR Research Programs that work on value chains and sustainable supply, especially the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).