About us

The International Centre for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF) was founded in 1978 with its global headquarters based in Kenya. It now operates in over 30 countries. In 2002, it was rebranded as the World Agroforestry Centre although retaining ICRAF as its legal name and acronym. 


An equitable world where all people have viable livelihoods supported by healthy and productive landscapes


To harness the multiple benefits trees provide for agriculture, livelihoods, resilience and the future of our planet, from farmers’ fields through to continental scales

Our Value Offer

ICRAF is a Centre of scientific excellence possessing the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information: expertise; published literature; methods; data; databases; partnership networks; and tree germplasm collections. Specifically, on rural landscapes and livelihoods we are the place to engage for:

  • - Providing robust evidence and analyses
  • - Making available social and technical solutions
  • - Assisting with design, decision and delivery options
  • - Developing capacities, convening and partnerships

Our work is primarily delivered through six regional programmes supported by Nairobi based laboratories and technical units.

Our Operating Principles and Values

ICRAF’s three Operating Principles focus on:

  1. People: collaboration and partnership; learning attracting, nurturing, and rewarding talent;
  2. Science: quality science; communicating for accelerated impact; value for money; testing development options; and
  3. Processes: efficiency and effectiveness; accountability; subsidiarity; empowerment.

The Operating Principles are reinforced by our four values of Professionalism, Creativity, Mutual Respect and Inclusivity.

Capacity Development Unit (CDU)

The Capacity Development Unit serves as a constituent element of the global research support at the World Agroforestry Centre to assist ICRAF scientists engaged in capacity development interventions. The work of the World Agroforestry Centre's CDU includes:

  1. Developing strategies that address identified and prioritized learning needs and opportunities.
  2. Supporting the work of the Centre through activities that include resource mobilization for learning, learning needs and opportunities assessment, curriculum design, open source education, learning resources development, individual learning opportunities, short group learning events and research about capacity development..
  3. Conducting ‘learning research' leading to the development, adaptation and adoption of innovative learning approaches, methods and tools for adult learning. This enables us to conduct high quality capacity development and education activities that adhere to international standards.
  4. Using information and communication technology (ICT) as a means of enhancing learning (i.e. e-learning).
  5. Monitoring and evaluating the Centre's learning events and assessing their contribution to the use and impact of our research. 

The CDU and respective regional/country/nodal offices coordinates and oversees the management of both research fellowships and internships at ICRAF. The CDU staff at the headquarters and the respective focal regional/country/nodal staff are mandated to ensure smooth deployment of volunteers, interns, research fellows, and research associates including their identification, recruitment, placement and exit from ICRAF. This information system also contains summarized guidelines and procedures to assist prospective applicants and supervisors better understand the workflows and terms and conditions for individual learning engagements at ICRAF.