About us

This blog is about how research into agroforestry – the growing of trees on farms – can improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the developing world and benefit the environment.

Agroforestry provides multiple benefits to smallholder farmers, including diversified income and resilience to risk.

– Fertilizer trees improve the health of soils and boost crop yields.
– Fruit trees provide alternative sources of nutrition.
– Fodder trees improve smallholder livestock production.
– Timber and fuelwood trees provide shelter and energy.
– Medicinal trees combat disease.
– Trees can produce gums, resins or latex products.

Growing trees on farms help reduce erosion, provide land cover and shade, improve water infiltration, store carbon and increase biodiversity.

The World Agroforestry Centre is an independent non-profit research organization that focuses on how incorporating trees into agricultural landscapes can reduce poverty, improve productivity and achieve environmental sustainability.

Our research is organized around six global research priorities:

  • Quality trees
  • On-farm productivity
  • Marketing and extension
  • Land health
  • Climate change
  • Environmental services

The World Agroforestry Centre, also known as ICRAF has its global headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and we operate five regional offices located in Brazil, Cameroon, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malawi. We conduct research in eighteen other countries around the developing world.

Our funding comes from governments, private foundations, international organizations and regional development banks. Our work is conducted with partners from a range of scientific and development institutions.

We are part of the alliance of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres dedicated to generating and applying the best available knowledge to stimulate agricultural growth, raise farmers’ incomes, and protect the environment.

For more information, visit our website www.worldagroforestry.org