Tree Productivity and Diversity - Realising economic and ecological value from tree genetic resources

Tree productivity and diversity aims to deliver on the best science and best proofs of concept required for safeguarding tree diversity, domesticating trees and delivering suitable tree planting material to growers. This falls within an overall framework of sustainable supply chains for enhancing social, economic and environmental benefits. Through co-research and co-development of decision support tools and by capacity building, stakeholders are better able to define priorities, select methods and improve and implement practices and policies.

This theme will boost the availability and access to quality tree-planting materials (foods, fodder, timber, medicinals, etc.) suited to location and purpose which are serious global constraints to tree planting.  It achieves this by co-developing effective and affordable methods, technologies (including clones and varieties), gender-responsive guidelines, decision-support tools and proofs of concept in partnership with relevant institutions and networks. Under this theme work on the African Orphan Crops Consortium is also undertaken which supports the application of advanced breeding techniques to a wide variety of agroforestry trees and annuals and is designed to improve and enhance nutrition in Africa.