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International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

CIAT works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management. CIAT aims to conserve and restore the use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains – improving the productive resilience of the land by returning ‘functionality’ to degraded landscapes, such as their ability to withstand disturbance, control erosion, shelter biodiversity and provide food, water and energy. CIAT has been a leader in landscape restoration globally, with a focus on working with partners throughout Africa and being a partner in the 20x20 Restoration Initiative in Latin America. CIAT leads the flagship program on Restoring Degraded Landscapes (RDL) as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), which aims to support governments and people to restore degraded landscapes by enhancing ecosystem services – food, energy, clean water, income, livelihood, among many others – and contributing to vibrant agroecosystems. To accomplish this work, CIAT works closely with many partners including GIZ/BMZ (German Government Cooperation), USAID, The Nature Conservancy, National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), and national governments, among many others.