Congo Basin Institute

Africans are the greatest change agents for Africa.

We invite you to join CBI, make use of our labs, field stations, accommodations and donate to advance research and training in the Congo Basin.

capturing phenotypic data


Find integrative breakthrough solutions that conserve the environment and meet the vital needs of the developing world.

Listening to elder

The challenges

Sub-Saharan Africa is ground zero for potentially devastating impacts of climate change on food security, human health and environment.

Dr. Tom Smith showing plans for CBI

Our plan

Build a center of higher learning and center of scientific excellence in Central Africa — generating research that decision makers can use to address sub-Saharan Africa’s interlocking environmental and development challenges.

Workshop group photo

UCLA and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture are leading a multi-institutional initiative to develop the Congo Basin Institute to be a model for how universities, NGOs, and private business can partner in international development.