Who We Are

KFS – Kenya Forest Service

Kenya Forest Service is a corporate body established under the Forest Conservation and Management Act no 34 of 2016 (henceforth referred to as the Act).  The Act which was operationalized on 31st March 2017, gave the Service’s mandate as “to provide for the development and sustainable management, including conservation and rational utilization of all forest resources for the socioeconomic development of the country and for connected purposes”. Read more.

IRD – The French National Research Institute for Development

The French National Research institute for Development (IRD) is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary organisation working primarily in partnership with Mediterranean and inter-tropical countries.

IRD is a French public establishment operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Via its network and presence in fifty or so countries, it takes an original approach to research, expertise, training, and knowledge-sharing to the benefit of countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development.

  • A rich community of more than 7,000 people including 2,050 IRD agents (851 researchers and 1,199 IRD engineers and technicians)
  • 29% of agents working outside mainland France
  • 72% research units
  • 1,429 articles published in 2017 by IRD researchers in the Web of Science
  • 62% of ci-publications with a partner in the South

CIRAD – Agricultural Research For Development

CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.

CIRAD is a public establishment (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Its activities concern the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food, the environment and territorial management. Its work centers on several main topics: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.