The study is framed by the following five research questions:
1) How is forest defined and what is the current status of forests?
2) How has the area of food-crop production and forests changed over time, and what have been the main causes of these changes?
3) What likely future trends in domestic food demand and food production will drive deforestation over the next 35 years and what are the implications for forest conservation?
4) What policies, laws, regulations, institutional and governance arrangements and processes influence planning and decision making on agricultural expansion and its impacts on forests?