Laurene Feintrenie


Laurène joined the Forests and societies research team in 2011, to work on interactions between forests, agriculture and livestocks.

Her present research activities focus on the Central American region in partnership with CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center). Her work focuses on family farming in forested landscapes and ecological intensification of agricultural practices (agroforestry, conservation agriculture).


CIRAD, Department Environment and Societies
Research Unit Forests and Societies (UR Forests and Societies)

TA C-105/D

Campus International de Baillarguet

34398 Montpellier Cedex 5, France


Office in CATIE

Unidad Economia Ambiental y Agronegocios Sostenibles (UEAAS)

Catie, edificio principal

3 km sobre carretera a Siquirres

7170 Cartago,Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica.


Field of Research

Relations between agriculture development and natural resources management in landscapes dominated by forests and tree-based systems.

Multiscale approach from plot and household to landscape level.

Research Projects

OptiPalMex, 2021-2023 (coordinator of the project): Optimización Inclusiva de la producción de Palma aceitera Mexicana, Mexico, funded by PalmElit-Cirad, 406 k€.

Trees on Farms, 2016-2021: Project coordinated by Icraf on 5 countries (Honduras, Peru, Indonesia, Rwanda, Uganda). Participation to researches in Honduras with Catie. In charge of the analysis of decision-making by livestock producers regarding trees on farm management planting and preservation. Use of the Companion Modeling approach (Commod).

PITAG, 2019-2022 : Project coordinated by AVSF, within a larg program to boost agriculture in Haïti. Participation in the diagnostic of cacao and coffee production on the socio-economic aspects. Project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) of Haïti, with support from the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

Specific country experience

Central America - Costa Rica - 01/12/2015 - present : Assigned in Costa Rica to work on family farming in forested landscapes in the Central American region, and develop recommendations (technical, social and political) to enhance ecological intensification of agricultural practices and limit their impacts on ecosystem services. This work is conducted at the sub-region scale with comparisons with other tropical regions (Central Africa, Amazonian Basin, South-East Asia).

Central Africa - Cameroon - 01/12/2012 - 30/11/2015: Assigned in Cameroon to develop research activities focus on the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the Congo Basin outside the forest sector, specifically the expansion of family agriculture, and large-scale investments in forested lands for agro-industrial plantations and mining activities. Work at the Central African region scale with a focus on four countries: Cameroon, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo. In collaboration with WWF Central Africa regional program office (WWF-CARPO).

Indonesia - 01/05/2007 - 30/10/2011: PhD in IRD, based at CIFOR headquarters in Indonesia. Her PhD research looked at agroforests conversion to monospecific plantations in Indonesia, with a focus on oil palm development. She was notably much involved in the research project 'Integrating livelihoods and multiple biodiversity values in landscape mosaics', a multi-disciplinary project coordinated by CIFOR and ICRAF and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development.

Vanuatu - 01/05/2005 - 01/11/2005: Contribution to the assessment of agroforestry cropping systems based on coconuts in Vanuatu. 6 months internship within CIRAD. Work at plot and farm levels.

Cambodia - 01/05/2004 - 01/09/2004: Regional assessment of agriculture in Mimot district (Kampong Cham), Kingdom of Cambodia. 5 months internship within CIRAD. Landscape analysis, historical survey, social and economic study with modelling.

Professional background

Since December 2011: CIRAD scientist, within the Research Department Environment and Societies,
Research Unit Forests and Societies (ex-research unit 'Tropical Forest Goods and Ecosystem Services', B&SEF).

Main former projects

PAHAL, 2017-2020 (coordinator of the project): Palm Oil in Latin America. Mexico and Peru, funded by PalmElit-Cirad, 220 k€.

ForeCast 2016-2019 (coordinator of the project): FORests and ECological intensification of Agricultural SysTems, Nicaragua et Costa-Rica, Cameroun, Madagascar, financement Fondation Agropolis, 628 k€.

                  Project description        The study sites

CoForTips 2012-2015 (co-coordinator of the project): Congo Basin Forests: Tipping points for biodiversity conservation and resilience of forested social and ecological systems, Central Africa (with focus on Camerun and Gabon), funded by the ERA-Net Biodiversa program (Europ), 1500 k€. 

CoForSet 2013-2016 (co-coordinator of the project): Scenarios of Biodiversity and Biodiversity Offsetting Mechanisms in the Forests of the Congo Basin, Central Africa, funded by the FRB and FFEM, 200 k€.

                  CoForTips and CoForSet projects Newsletters: 0; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5

SPOP 2012-2015 (coordinator of a Work Package): Sustainable development of Palm Oil Production, designing strategies from improved knowledge on oil palm cropping systems (Indonesia and Cameroon, funded by the ANR Agrobiosphère, 250 k€.

CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (CRP FTA):

            Flagship 1: Livehoods systems       

            Nicaragua-Honduras Sentinel Landscape

            Flagship 5: Impacts of trade and investment on forests and people

            Oil Palm Sentinel Landscape

Before CIRAD

2009 - 2011 : CIFOR, Consultant at the Center for International Forestry Research.

2007 - 2010 : IRD, PhD candidate at the Institute of Research for Development

PhD on landscape dynamics in Jambi province, Indonesia, looking at the drivers of rubber agroforests conversion to monospecific plantations of rubber and oil palm. Based at CIFOR, in collaboration with ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center), within the project ‘Landscape Mosaics'


PhD in Human Geography, with distinction (2010). Faculty of geography, University of Montpellier III, supervised by Patrice Levang (IRD, UMR GRED).

Master of Agronomy with specialization in tropical areas (2005), Institute of Hot Areas (IRC-SupAgro), in Montpellier.

Master of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (2004), Bordeaux Science Agro.


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