Forestry development must be focused on strategies to create employment, generate cash, improve production of tree products, conserve habitat and biodiversity, improve soil and water conservation contributing towards agricultural productivity, improved health and education. These products and tree services call for the maintenance of a well-directed research, development and extension programme. FRIM's operations are organised following a programme-based structure. This approach enables a more focused response to problem-oriented research, particularly research designed to address key issues of poverty alleviation, sustainable resource use and environmental conservation. FRIM’s research and development activities are implemented through the following four core strategy areas:
Each strategy area (research programme), led by a co-ordinator, comprises several research projects. To increase stakeholder involvement in research planning, design and implementation, each strategy area has a co-ordinating committee made up of research users and experts to monitor research progress and plan future work. Each committee meets biannually.