Forests & People: CIFOR-ICRAF at IUFRO 2024

As the global food, biodiversity, and climate crises begin to crunch, the fundamental role of forests in humanity’s future is increasingly difficult to deny. In June 2024, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will gather its global network in Stockholm, Sweden; under this year’s theme, Forests & Society towards 2050, delegates will grapple with the drastic changes expected over the coming 25 years, and seek to share knowledge and co-create solutions for a sustainable future.

CIFOR-ICRAF is an organizational partner for the event and will be a co-host to IUFRO in Nairobi, Kenya in 2029. As a global leader using trees, forests, and agroforestry to address the greatest global challenges of our time, CIFOR-ICRAF is well-placed to contribute to these critical conversations with its cutting-edge research and decades of global experience.

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GCRF TRADE Hub project closing in Indonesia

Since 2019, CIFOR-ICRAF and partners have been conducting research to help address intractable challenges in the trade of sustainable palm oil, coffee, and wildlife in Indonesia. This research, which has included studies on green trade initiatives to benefit forest landscapes and surrounding communities, was conducted under the Trade, Development, and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub) – a global research consortium led by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP WCMC) and supported by the UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF). Following five years of activities, this research will come to an end in March 2024.

The TRADE Hub research team in Indonesia has produced scientific publications, technical guidelines, and an Android-based game to disseminate its research findings. In addition to conducting conventional research, the team has implemented action research on the ground with CIFOR leading the facilitation of independent oil palm smallholders in Segati Village, Pelalawan Regency, Riau; and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) with coffee smallholders in Lampung. The University of Indonesia has conducted further studies into sustainable financing, while IPB University has led capacity building activities for the science community and beyond. Other key publications have been on sustainable palm oil trade pathways from participatory science-policy interface activities implemented with key stakeholders in Indonesia, and a study into the online trade in songbirds in Indonesia.

Further information on TRADE Hub activities and outputs in Indonesia can be accessed at


The objectives of this closing event are to disseminate key results from TRADE Hub research and provide a platform for relevant stakeholders to share information and experiences on issues surrounding the use of landscape approaches in supporting sustainable palm oil, coffee, and wildlife trade in Indonesia.


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Kenya interuniversity debate on food security and nutrition

Are you ready to fight for a more secure food future? Join the Policy Action Initiative for an Interuniversity Debate on Food Security and Nutrition at Kenyatta University on 15 and 16 March, to hear from the brightest minds from across 30 universities about sustainable agricultural practices and environmental policies.

For more information, get in touch with Brian Kithinji: 

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Illuminating Impactful Investments: A Celebration of International Women’s Day

Join us as we convene leading global experts in agricultural research for development to mark the 2024 International Women’s Day and illuminate some impactful investments in women.

The event, jointly organized by CIFOR-ICRAF, the CGIAR GENDER Platform, and the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), will feature interactive conversations and storytelling fireside chats as we discuss “Investing in women to accelerate progress toward equitable agrifood systems.”

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