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World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

Dr. Tony Simons
Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre with headquarters in Kenya. The Centre’s vision is rural transformation throughout the tropics as smallholder households increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition security, income and health, as well as shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF generates science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and landscapes, and disseminates this knowledge to develop policy options and promote policies and practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment.

Trees on farms and non-forested landscapes are key to restoring degraded lands back to productivity. With action research in countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) aims to promote the inclusion of useful trees on farms to improve food, water and energy security, as well as build people’s resilience to climate-related shocks. Farmers can manage natural regeneration (FMNR) or plant and nurture useful trees on their land.

ICRAF has projects in Eastern, Southern, Western and Sahelian African countries (including Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Zambia, and Somalia), all of them incorporating the landscape restoration objectives elaborated by AFR100 initiative.


Restoration of degraded land for food security and poverty reduction in East Africa and the Sahel: taking successes in land restoration to scale

Trees for Food Security 2: Developing integrated options and accelerating scaling up of agroforestry for improved food security and resilient livelihoods in Eastern Africa

Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions

IGAD-Biodiversity Management Program in the Horn of Africa

Restoring plant succession on degraded crusted soils in Niger: a case study using half moons, tree seedlings and grass seed

A Rural Revival in Tanzania: How agroforestry is helping farmers to restore the woodlands in Shinyanga Region

Restoring Lives and Landscapes: How a partnership between local communities and the state is saving forests and improving livelihoods in Guinea

World Agroforestry Centre blog

Landscapes Portal

Agroforestry Species switchboard

Ongoing and completed restoration projects (videos)

ICRAF Laboratories