World Agroforestry Centre, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
Data Center Description
The World Agroforestry Centre (WAC) is one of a network of 16 Future Harvest centres located throughout the developing world. We are an autonomous, not-for-profit research and development institution supported by an international consortium of nearly 60 different governments, private foundations, regional development banks, and the World Bank. Learn more about the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) at www.cgiar.org.
Our mission is to improve human welfare by reducing poverty, improving food and nutritional security, and enhancing environmental resilience in the tropics.
We engage in strategic and applied research and development activities leading to more sustainable and productive land use. We do this in close partnership with national agricultural research systems, universities, NGOs and private organizations in both the South and the North.
We focus on four primary themes:
-Agroforestry systems that help to restore soil fertility and regenerate degraded lands
-Market-driven tree cultivation systems that help lift rural poor out of poverty and improve their health and nutrition
-Agroforestry systems that enhance environmental services, such as watershed protection, biodiversity conservation, and carbon sequestration
-Capacity building for agroforestry research and development