The Partnerships & Impact Directorate

ICRAF pursues its mission through partnering with a wide range of organizations, including other CGIAR centers through CRPs, national, regional and international agricultural research partners, and non-research partners whom we engage to ensure that agroforestry innovations and knowledge products are taken through to delivery and adoption to impacts at scale. ICRAF recognizes that without robust and effective partnerships, even the most ground-breaking innovations and knowledge products will hardly reach men and women smallholders whose lives and livelihoods research and development aim to transform.  

One key aspect of our partnering is supporting the capacity development and learning efforts of our partners at all points on the research to impact continuum to ensure they are able to both translate research results into usable products and optimize their uptake their uptake at different landscape levels from plot to farm and beyond.

Dr. Margaret M Kroma
Assistant Director General, Partnerships & Impact

Dr. Margaret Kroma heads the Partnerships & Impact Directorate of the World Agroforestry Centre. She joined the Centre from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she managed the gender portfolio and served as Special Assistant to the President (2010-2012). Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2000-2008) where she also served as Faculty Coordinator of various collaborative agricultural research and development projects in Ghana, Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone. In 2008, she joined the CGIAR, as the Project Manager of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) project.  She has published extensively on the social dimensions of agricultural technology innovation and rural extension, gender, farmer participation and partnerships for research and development.

At the World Agroforestry Center, Dr. Kroma is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, operationalization and management of partnerships for research and development impacts. She leads the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on corporate partnership activities, and positioning the Center in the context of the CGIAR and other related global institutions. The Directorate’s work also involves strengthening collaborations with sister CGIAR Centers, facilitating and monitoring agreements, initiating and collaborating in joint resource mobilization efforts with partner institutions, and fostering linkages with relevant regional platforms (including CAADP), and bodies (including ASEAN, CATIE, FARA, ASARECA, RUFORUM, ECOWAS, COMESA).

For more information, refer to our Partnership Strategy and Guidelines 2013-2022