CIFOR-ICRAF Annual Report 2021: Harnessing the power of forests, trees and agroforestry

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In 2021, as the Covid-19 pandemic started to turn a corner and new hope sprang from the launch of global initiatives on restoration and land use, CIFOR-ICRAF completed a successful three-year merger process, finishing the year with a project pipeline of USD 430 million and fully harmonized management, research and regional processes.

Now, CIFOR-ICRAF is generating even more evidence of the transformative potential of forests, trees and agroforestry. This report highlights some of our solutions to five global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss, climate change, dysfunctional food systems, unsustainable supply and value chains, and inequality. Achievements include informing national policies in Peru and Viet Nam, applying new technologies in the Congo Basin and India, and co-creating solutions with partners and communities in Indonesia and Cameroon – all while integrating considerations of the rights of women, Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) has reached 1.5 billion people, drawing record numbers of people to the hybrid GLF Climate conference and other pivotal events. The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) wrapped up 10 years of impact, with contributions resulting in millions of hectares of forests under restoration and better protection – and millions of people with improved food security and nutrition and the means to exit poverty. And Resilient Landscapes is fast becoming a nexus between science, business and finance, with projects starting in Papua New Guinea, Serbia and Brazil.

Exciting new projects launched in 2021 include Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI) supported by USAID and the Agroforestry and Restoration Accelerator in Brazil in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Amazon Inc.

With the momentum of a combined 70 years’ experience, CIFOR-ICRAF is forging ahead with its valued partners, finding new ways to harness the transformative power of forests, trees and agroforestry for a more resilient future.

Featuring research on sustainable use of forests and trees, agroforestry, landscape restoration, climate change, tree genetic resources, value chains, deforestation, food systems, gender, tenure and rights, [Africa, Asia, Latin America, Peru, Brazil, Burkina Faso, DRC, Ethiopia, Serbia, India, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea].

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