The African Forests Trust Fund was established in 2009, as a not for profit arm of African Forest, with the aim of furthering scientific research into agro-forestry and holistic forest management, and to further facilitate the establishment and maintenance of sustainable forests to enable environmental conservation and regeneration. It also aims to further the alleviation of poverty and the education of local communities through the harvesting and production of non-timber forest products, thus ensuring the future security of all forests.