Countries participating in ICRAF's ecoregional programmes.
The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), established in 1977, is an autonomous, non-profit making research body supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Its goal is to help mitigate tropical deforestation, land depletion and rural poverty through improved agroforestry systems.
ICRAF's objectives are to conduct strategic and applied research, in partnership with national institutions, aimed at developing appropriate agroforestry technologies for more sustainable and productive land use; to strengthen national capacities to conduct agroforestry research; to encourage inter-institutional collaboration; and to promote training, education, information and dissemination activities in agroforestry. ICRAF has research activities in 20 countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, and dissemination activities in very many more countries.
ICRAF works in six ecoregions: the humid lowlands of West Africa, the humid tropics of Latin America, the humid tropics of Southeast Asia, the sub-humid plateau of southern Africa, the highlands of East Africa and the semi-arid lowlands of West Africa.
ICRAF's activities are conducted through four research and three dissemination programmes: Natural Resource Strategies and Policy, Domestication of Agroforestry Trees, Tree-Crop-Environment Interactions and Systems Improvement, Training, Education and Information.
The objectives of ICRAF's Domestication of Agroforestry Trees Programme are to improve the genetic quality of agroforestry trees by collecting, evaluating and selecting germplasm for compatible production of food, fodder, fuelwood, timber and other products with companion crops, and for providing environmental services such as soil conservation and the amelioration of soils.
ICRAF is governed by a Board of Trustees, which has equal representation from developed and developing countries. Financial support for ICRAF's research, training and information activities is provided by 32 donors