The World Agroforestry Centre Southeast Asia is the region’s leading agroforestry research-in-development organization.Regionally headquartered in Indonesia since 1993, we maintain offices and programs in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. With a staff of around 150, we strive to produce the world’s best science on the roles of trees in humanised landscapes, with a particular focus on implementing our research for the benefit of smallholding farmers and people who live on the margins of forests.Our country offices maintain programs specific to their national situation while also crossing regional boundaries to research issues of wider significance. Our global headquarters is in Nairobi, Kenya, maintaining programs in Africa, the Americas and South Asia with around 650 scientific and support staff. The Centre is one of the 15 members of the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food-secure future.The Centre was founded as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), which remains our legal name after we rebranded as the World Agroforestry Centre in 2002.
Trees play a crucial role in almost all terrestrial ecosystems and provide a range of products and services. As natural vegetation is cleared for agriculture and other development, the benefits that trees provide are best sustained by integrating trees into agriculturally productive landscapes, a practice known as agroforestry. Agroforestry provides many benefits.
- Linking poor households to markets for high-value fruits, oils, cash crops and medicines
- Balancing improved productivity with the sustainable management of natural resources
- Maintaining or enhancing the supply of environmental services in agricultural landscapes for water, soil health, carbon sequestration and biodiversity
- Enriching the asset base of poor households with farm-grown trees
- Enhancing soil fertility and livestock productivity on farms
We focus our research on six broad areas.
Agroforestry Systems: Optimising on-farm productivity and livelihoods through trees and agroforestry practices at farm and landscape scales.
Markets, Value Chains and Institutions: Developing market links, optimising the organisation of value chains, enabling business environments for agroforestry products, enhancing production and enterprise economics and strengthening rural livelihoods.
Tree Diversity, Domestication and Delivery: Identifying, delivering and promoting wide-scale planting of the best-quality tree germplasm for local conditions: ‘The right tree for the right place’.
Land Health Decisions: Improving policies, strategies and plans for the prevention and rehabilitation of land degradation and accelerating understanding of sustainable landscape management.
Environmental Services: Understanding the roles of trees in landscapes for securing watershed services, carbon storage and biodiversity; the drivers of change; and environmental services' schemes.
Climate Change: Investigating the effects of trees on reducing farmers’ vulnerability to climate variability and change and trees' role in mitigation.