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 36 countries. In 2002, it was rebranded as the World Agroforestry Centre although retaining ICRAF as its legal name and acronym. 


Our vision is a rural transformation in the developing world as smallholder households increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability. 


The Centre’s mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes, and to use its research to advance policies and practices, and their implementation that benefit the poor and the environment. 


We strongly adhere to four shared core values that guide our work and relationships with colleagues, investors and partners: 

We aspire to achieve the highest standards of professionalism in our research, communications, fiduciary management and operations; high levels of personal, managerial and governance integrity; transparency in our methods and approaches; and fairness in sharing credit. 

Mutual respect
We genuinely respect all those with whom we work, irrespective of nationality, gender, religion, age, profession or workplace seniority. We celebrate the achievements of our colleagues and partners. We support a work environment that fosters trust, teamwork and diversity. We commit ourselves to an environment of mutual respect and collaboration with partners, donors and colleagues.

We promote a culture of innovation, continuous learning, problem solving and independent thinking. We believe that success in living and fostering these values is fundamental to maintaining a vibrant organization, contributing to science and achieving impact.

We strive to be highly inclusive as a value and an organizational practice, providing an open environment for full participation, a sense of belonging, mutual commitment and supportive engagement for all.

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 education learning resources development, individual learning opportunities, short group learning events and impact assessment studies related to 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 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 research fellows and interns including their recruitment, placement and exit from ICRAF. This information system will soon contain summarized guidelines and procedures to assist applicants better understand the terms and conditions for research fellowships and internships at ICRAF.