Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity (AFB) Program

Population growth and development are placing unprecedented stresses on forests, agricultural land, and watersheds worldwide. Humans rely on these ecosystems for food, fuel, and other social and cultural benefits. But in many regions we are extracting resources more quickly than natural systems can recover. Wealthy and developing countries have different incentives for managing these resources, which makes it challenging to develop common international standards for conserving lands and forests. Energy shortages are creating new controversies over using crops and forest products as inputs for fuels.

CIERP’s Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity (AFB) Program examines international policies and treaties on global forest governance and sustainable agriculture. The program focuses on current forest negotiations and financing mechanisms; climate-smart agriculture that is resilient to climate change, mitigates climate change, and increases productivity; and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of biofuels that are increasingly used to meet growing energy demands.

Current Projects

  • Learning Alliance for Adaptation in Smallholder Agriculture –focused on comparison of climate change adaptation interventions in Brazil and Mozambique within integrated crop, livestock and / or forestry systems.
  • Climate Smart Agriculture, Food Loss, and Food Waste - contributing to the development and implementation of the climate smart agriculture research and policy agenda., particularly as detailed in the No More Food to Waste Conference as organized by the Netherlands government, in close collaboration with FAO and UNEP.
  • Moomaw Program in Global Forest Governance - a program of activities named for CIERP founder Dr. William Moomaw, the program will embody his  solutions-­‐oriented and rigorous professionalism in studies ranging from the role of supply chain governance in forest protection to feedbacks between deforestation, regional climate change, and agricultural systems, and the behavioral economic dimensions of forest-­‐sparing technology adoption.