The importance of agriculturists for the economic development of the country needs not be emphasized. The economic progress of the country is dependent on the economic progress of the rural mass because majority of the rural mass are agriculturists. This is the sum and substance of the motto of Agroforestry Centre Southern Africa Program. As a matter of fact, the World Agroforestry Centre which is popularly called as ICRAF (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry) is a consortium Research Center of CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). ICRAF has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya with regional offices in various countries like India, Cameroon, Peru and Indonesia. The aim of ICRAF is spreading of knowledge about the role of trees in agricultural landscapes and other processes. It also aims to provide food security by implementing various poverty alleviation programs and also implementation of various schemes for improving the health of rural population and tackle various issues ranging from environment, effects of changes in climate and so on.

Importance of trees in agriculture:
As a part of its program, the center educates people to grow various kinds of trees like for example fertilizer trees, fruit bearing trees, soil conservation trees and various other kinds of trees that has direct bearing on the ecology and environment. The experts would guide the farmer in identifying the trees suitable for their land. In fact, the experts would also advise the farmers to grow fodder trees which help the livestock as also fuel wood trees, timber and various other kinds of trees. Experts interact with the farmers and educate them on the importance of growing trees and also provide necessary help in growing of the identified trees.

Working Plan:
In order achieve its avowed objects; the Centre has devised a working plan. The working plan aims to domesticate and conserve agrogforestry germplasm, enhance productivity of trees in the on-farm pattern, provide better market condition for tree products. In addition to this, the working plan also provides adequate support to small holders, enhance productivity of land and thereby help in production of food crops. Further the Centre also aims to help farmers to cope with climatic changes and give adequate incentives to farmers for developing landscapes with appropriate trees. In order to achieve its objects, the Center works in economically backward places like some of the sub-Saharan African countries and some of the Asian and Latin American countries.

Management of the Centre:
The activities of the Centre are monitored by a board of trustees. This board is responsible for all the activities of the Centre. The Board has constituted five standing committees for dealing with matters relating to finance, audit, drafting and implementation of various programs and there is also an executive as well as nomination committee. The Centre receives its funding in the form of donations, funding by government and various other agencies. As a matter of fact, more than 50 countries provide funds for the activities of the Centre. The Centre works in close coordination with various research centers.

Working environment:
The working policy of the Centre suggests its staff should implement the programs initiated by the centre by a process of educating the rural masses. In other words, the programs envisaged by the Centre should not be forced on the people. It also encourages its staff to take appropriate action keeping in view the best practices and the aims of the Centre. It also holds its staff responsible for various actions taken by them and at the same time provides them enough protection for any legal action initiated on them in the executing of the programs of the Centre.

Research activities:
The centre conducts research on various issues of agroforestry and related areas of learning. The results of the research are exchanged with other organizations. The Centre has set up a library where books, documents, publications are kept both digital and in hard copy formats. The designated staff of the Centre interacts with the rural people and understands the traditional and indigenous methods and harnesses these methods with appropriate scientific touch.

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The Centre is also engaged in developing interactive online portals on agroforestery and various allied subjects. It has also brought out several useful toolkits which have helped in its agroforestery work. The centre has brought out thousands of publications and these can be viewed in the official portal of the Centre. The Centre is dedicated to continue its research for the uplifting the rural masses. The work of the Centre has received innumerable commendation from various other likeminded research groups.