About us

The World Agroforestry Centre is legally established as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry).

The vision of the Southeast Asia regional program is that agroforestry opportunities are made available to all people in the region so that they have access to natural resource, health, social, financial and physical security in a manner that respects livelihood choices, diversity and the environment.

Our mission is to use science to generate knowledge about the complex role of trees in agricultural systems and their effects on livelihoods and the environment, and foster use of the knowledge to influence decisions and practices that impact the poor.

Our key challenge
Public policies, institutions and perceptions tend to view forestry and agriculture as distinct from one another. But trees are widespread throughout the agricultural landscape, whether they have been deliberately planted or remnants of natural vegetation.

Our challenge is to integrate the institutional view with the reality of how agroforestry operates in the landscape.