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Plinio Sist
Director of “Forests and Societies” research unit

CIRAD - UR Forest and Societies Unit

CIRAD, the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization, works for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Its main objective is to build sustainable farming systems capable of feeding ten billion human beings by 2050 while preserving the environment. Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, the environment and territorial management. Its work focuses on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation. On local and global levels, through its long-term partnerships, it contributes to the development of farming systems that benefit all, and particularly smallholders. This is its response to the global challenges of food security and climate change, and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris agreement on climate change.

CIRAD has a network of regional offices and partners on three continents. It works with more than 100 countries. Its long-term partnership strategy centers on partnership platforms for research and training, associating 200 organizations in southern countries. CIRAD’s 200 researchers are assigned in Africa (50%), Asia (25%), and South America (25%).

CIRAD’s “Forests & Societies” research unit is particularly involved in forest management and restoration.


Levelling the Playing Field: fair partnership for local development to improve the forest sustainability in Southeast Asia

Forests and Societies Research Unit

CIRAD publications