Since 2017 Tropenbos International (TBI) is a managing partner of the CGIAR Global Research programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). The FTA is the world’s largest research for development program focused on the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development.
At the heart of the program is the knowledge that forests, trees and agroforestry, when adequately used, managed and governed, can play a central role in sustainable development by improving production systems, ensuring food security and nutrition, enhancing people’s livelihoods and addressing climate change.
A major role of TBI, as a boundary organisation, within the FTA is to enhance the linkages between high-level research with national-level policies and landscape-level practices and to support collaborative action for that purpose utilizing its national programmes and networks.
Through building bridges, creating spaces for dialogue between policy makers, local businesses, CSOs and scientists, TBI aims at supporting the uptake and impact of the cutting-edge research of the FTA. Specially for the research themes (flagships): 3. Sustainable value chains and investments for supporting forest conservation and equitable development, 4. Landscapes dynamics, productivity and resilience and 5. Forests, trees and agroforestry for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Further TBI will contribute to shape the FTA research agenda by articulating the needs, wishes and demands from a wide range of actors at the national level, hence to ensure that research results have an impact at national and local level.
FTA is one of the CGIAR global partnership’s 11 research programs. In carrying out its research, FTA is led by the Center for International Forestry Research, in partnership with Bioversity International, CATIE, CIRAD, the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, Tropenbos International, and the World Agroforestry Centre, and links with dozens of scientific and development institutions.