A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Given the crucial role of forests in confronting some of the most important challenges of our time – climate change, poverty and food security – the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry responds to the call for an urgent, strong and sustained focus on forest management and governance.

Impact-driven and innovative, the program’s goal is to enhance the management and use of forests, agroforestry and tree genetic resources across the landscape, from farms to forests. The initiative targets 46% of global forest cover, 1.3 billion hectares of closed forests, and 500 million hectares of open and fragmented forests.

The research program explores five areas: smallholder production systems and markets; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; landscape management of forested areas for environmental services, biodiversity conservation and livelihoods; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and the impacts of trade and investment on forests and people.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) leads the program in partnership with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Read more about the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

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Do tree plantations support forest conservation?

Key messages Tree plantations potentially support natural forest conservation. The main hypothesis for this effect is that tree plantations substitute natural forests for production, especially when plantations achieve high productivity.…