World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre is a leading international institution for agroforestry research for development. Its research focuses on natural resources management issues related to the use of trees in landscapes, including the increasingly important issue of climate change.
The Centre’s vision is to transform people’s lives and landscapes across the developing world through extensive use of trees and agroforestry innovations. Its mission is to generate scientific knowledge about the diverse roles trees play in agricultural landscapes and to use its research to advance policies and practices to benefit the poor and the environment. Agroforestry is uniquely suited to address both:

  1. the requirement for improved food security and increased biomass resources for energy, and
  2. the need to sustainably manage agricultural landscapes for the critical ecosystem services they provide.

Our picturesque main campus is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and is situated alongside the United Nations Environmental Program. ICRAF hosts several other international research institutions and organizations including Bioversity, ICRISAT, CABI, CIMMYT and TSBF-CIAT.

Science specializations

Our Global Research Priorities (GRPs) address both livelihood and landscape issues:
GRP1: Domestication, utilization and conservation of superior agroforestry germplasm
GRP2: Maximizing on-farm productivity of trees and agro-forestry systems
GRP3: Improving tree product marketing for smallholders

GRP4: Reducing risks to land health and targeting agroforestry interventions to enhance land productivity and food availability GRP5: Improving the ability of farmers, ecosystems and governments to cope with climate change
GRP6: Developing policies and incentives for multifunctional landscapes with trees that provide environmental services

At headquarters, our research activities are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories for soil and plant analysis, geographic information systems and agroforestry tree germplasm. Other units, such as the ones on research methods and biometrics, information technology, library services and training, further contribute to implementing our work and upscaling its results.

The Centre and its scientists are committed to capacity building and strengthening through training and education for the benefit of individuals and institutions in the developing world. An important part of this work is the provision of individual learning opportunities at the formal and informal education levels through the supervision of MSc and PhD students, interns and research fellows.
ICRAF offers research placements of three to nine months to AWARD fellows depending on the research topic/ advanced science training the fellow would like to pursue. The Centre also has 14 regional offices in various developing countries at which fellows can be placed if appropriate. You will have office/lab space and you will be assigned to a supervisor who will work closely with you and will be able to guide your research program and science training. You will have regular contact with your supervisor (at least twice a month) and receive mentoring and guidance on your research/science project including feedback/review of your planned/draft publication/poster as applicable. Your supervisor will also assist in critical analysis/review of your research questions, research approach, methodology and M&E techniques.
At our main campus and field research stations, you will have access to support staff as per your needs and requests of your supervisor (research/field assistant(s) and administrative support as necessary). We assist with logistics should field work/visits be advisable/necessary.

Housing and Family
ICRAF offers full logistical support to AWARD fellows. This includes airport transfers, assistance with finding suitable affordable accommodation in Nairobi or, if applicable at any of our field research stations for the time of your attachment. ICRAF also provides local transport if this accommodation is on our bus routes. We will enroll AWARD fellows in our medical insurance program for the period of the attachment covering
out and in-patient services. Should you require babysitting / child care facilities for small children, we will assist in identifying suitable options (please note that fellows cover the costs of these services). Our comprehensive introduction program for new staff will take care of your needs for information about daily life in Nairobi or –at any one of our field stations immediately after your arrival to assist you with settling in comfortably (familiarization with transport, banking, shopping, medical services, security, etc).

Requirement for application
You will be excited about your research placement / science training at ICRAF. During your time with us, you will be fully integrated into the research team with which you will be working. You will also be asked to give a seminar to the wider ICRAF community about your research / specialized topic of your choice in consultation with your supervisor at ICRAF. You will assist ICRAF in providing a report about your stay at ICRAF to G&D/AWARD covering the strengths and weaknesses of the research attachment, and recommendations for improvement. This will also assist us in providing you and other AWARD fellows with the best possible experience.


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