World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is a centre of science and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment
Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, we develop knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability.
ICRAF is the only institution that does globally significant agroforestry research in and for all of the developing tropics. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utilize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at scales.
We are guided by the broad development challenges pursued by CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, which include poverty reduction, increasing food and nutritional security, and improved natural resource systems and environmental services. ICRAF's work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land, and combat climate change.
Our Vision: An equitable world where all people have viable livelihoods supported by healthy and productive landscapes.
Our Mission: To harness the multiple benefits trees provide for agriculture, livelihoods, resilience and the future of our planet, from farmers’ fields through to continental scales.
We receive our funding from many different partners including governments, private foundations, international organizations, regional development banks and the private sector. And we collaborate with a range of scientific and development institutions.
Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, ICRAF operates six regional programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America and conducts research in more than 30 other countries around the developing world.
ICRAF (also known as World Agroforestry) operates under the authority of a legally constituted Board of Trustees, charged with overall responsibility for the work of the Centre
CIFOR-ICRAF Common Board Members
In January 2019, ICRAF effectively merged with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) which means having a common Board, and actively working towards a single leadership team and unified policies, processes and systems whilst maintaining legal personalities.
The Common Board of Trustees has been appointed and consists of members with diverse skills, covering areas such as agroforestry and forestry science, natural resource management, audit, finance and risk management, policy and governance.
The primary mandate of the Common Board of Trustees is to provide governance oversight in ensuring ICRAF and CIFOR function to the highest standards to execute their mission. In order to do this, the Common Board has delegated the day-to-day management of the Centres to the Directors General who are assisted by senior management teams that are actively working towards a single leadership team and unified policies, processes and systems.
The Common Board of Trustees is made up of the following members:
Senior Leadership Team
Trees contribute over 10% of the US$3.1 trillion worth of GDP created by the agricultural sector. In its latest strategy, World Agroforestry aims to tackle the challenges of the next decade by harnessing the multiple benefits which trees provide in the following focus areas: reducing poverty, developing sustainable systems of agriculture and improving food security, improving the efficiency of water use, helping to mitigate the impact of climate change, and halting the loss of biodiversity and restoring degraded ecosystems.
This publication covers the organization’s four priority research and development themes: improving farmland productivity and resilience; restoring degraded landscapes; supporting sustainable tree product value chains; and tackling climate change and delivering key environmental services.
In addition to presenting ICRAF’s financial position, this document reports on our corporate governance and corporate social responsibility activities. It also analyses the Centre's financial performance over the past five years.
With our refreshed Corporate Strategy, ICRAF is confident that we can, with supporting countries and national partners, and over the next 10-15 years, ensure: 15 million fewer hungry people, 10 million fewer poor people – at least 50% of whom are women – and have 20 million hectares less degraded land.
World Agroforestry policies effectively raise the awareness of staff with regards to certain issues, explain and provide a systematic approach to complex and emerging issues; apply a coherent, institutional wide approach; take appropriate action through best practices; provide a mechanism to hold the Centre and staff accountable for certain activities; and provide a shield against legal action. At present, we have the following policies in place.
Policies & Guidelines
The purpose of the RDM Policy is to provide both the Centre’s commitment to research data management and the framework for its practical implementation. The Centre’s goal is to be the producer, provider and custodian of high-value data that promotes the understanding and adoption of agroforestry practices. ICRAF does this in an open and transparent manner, allowing data to be found and used effectively and efficiently by a global community whose efforts are aligned with the CGIAR Principles on the management of Intellectual Assets, and in consistent with the aims of public-funded research
The pursuit of our mission requires carrying out research that involves people and the environment, and this has consequences, both directly through the research activity and indirectly through the results. We therefore have ethical considerations to take into account when planning and implementing research. This policy sets out the principles and standards the World Agroforestry Centre has adopted to guide our work.
The Annex 4 - General Terms and Conditions are incorporated by reference in, and shall form an integral part of, the Letter of Agreement. the General Terms and Conditions contained in Annex 4 by reference. If any provision of this Agreement conflicts with a provision in the General Terms and Conditions under Annex 4, the provision of the Letter of Agreement shall prevail.