At AGM01, the CGIAR decided to immediately initiate the regular Challenge Program (CP) process by calling for ideas. Of the 41 CP ideas received, 13 were recommended by the interim Science Council (iSC) and endorsed by the CGIAR for pre-proposal development. The attached pre-proposal, Forests as Resources for the Poor: The Rainforest Challenge, is one of four proposals that the iSC considered meritorious and would further consider for review after meeting certain requirements. This preproposal was discussed at the stakeholder meeting at AGM02 : Agenda item 3, session III. Document date and author are unspecified.