Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation


Investing in forest-dependent communities that play a key role in conservation and sustainable economic development, focusing especially on Indigenous communities, women, and young people.

Indonesia’s remaining natural forests exist in regions that harbor significant biodiversity. These regions are also home to Indigenous communities that have been stewards of these forests for generations. Agriculture is often the main source of employment in these forest communities, and more than 90 percent of Indonesia’s farms are small-scale. Smallholder farmers in Indonesia’s forested regions work hard to ensure their families and communities can thrive while sustaining the crucial biodiversity and ecosystem services of their natural environment, like water and forest products. Indonesia as a nation is also dedicated to a sustainable development agenda, with individual regions carrying out their own plans.

Our grantmaking aligns with regional green development agendas, specifically supporting collaboration between the governments, private sector, NGOs, local communities, and Indigenous people to protect biodiversity in remaining natural forests. We support the leaders and organizations of communities living in these forest areas as they develop livelihoods that also conserve biodiversity.

We are especially interested in strengthening sustainable value chains for smallholder farmers that align with conservation efforts as a product moves from farmer to market. We also give special attention to the needs of women, and Indigenous and young people, because they play a central role in the culture, development, and conservation in Indonesia.

Our People

Walt Reid

Vice President, Environment and Science

Kai Carter

Global Climate Initiative Director

Karina Chamorro

Global Climate Initiative Associate Program Officer

Key Documents

How to Get Support

The Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation strategy welcomes your ideas for funding requests. Before you prepare and submit an idea, please review the ALC strategy. If your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, please send a short description to or use this grant inquiry form. Please do not send a full proposal until requested by the Program Officer.