East & Central Asia

In East and Central Asia, ICRAF operates through a unique partnership with the Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies (CMES), a joint laboratory with Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the joint laboratory on Agroforestry and Sustainable Animal Husbandry with the Institute of Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing.

The region leads ICRAF’s contributions to landscape restoration after mining operations have ceased, the development of mountain agroforestry systems and a focus on plant species that live under the canopies or in the root systems of trees, such as fungi.


ICRAF ECA’s main research facility is located in Kunming, the capital of south-western China’s Yunnan province. A liaison office has been set up in Beijing and a brand-new office was opened in late 2014 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.