Watch: Solving a plant-pollinator mystery at Bouamir

Laura Azandi, a PhD student at Cameroon’s University of Yaounde I, recently spent time at CBI’s Bouamir Research Station studying a particular species of orchid, Cyrtorchis letouzeyi. Watch the video to learn more about the research. View on Youtube Africa is home to...

“The Ebony Project” from Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars has launched a new multimedia storytelling website focused on ebony, Cameroon and CBI’s Sustainable Ebony Project. The website includes video interviews with CBI Co-Director Tom Smith, Center for Tropical Research (CTR) Africa Director Kevin Njabo...

The historian of Bifalone

Nancy J. Jacobs, a professor of History at Brown University, shares her experience visiting a CBI field station. Jacobs is a historian of South Africa, of colonial Africa, of the environment, of animals, and of knowledge about the environment and animals. Her research...

Update on Sustainable Ebony Project from Taylor Guitars

The article below was published in the Winter 2018, Volume 90 issue of Wood&Steel, the in-house magazine of Taylor Guitars. Read the full issue online here. A Public-Private Partnership in Cameroon  Previous issues of Wood&Steel have featured stories about our...

Giant pangolin, caught on camera in the Dja

Giant pangolins are poorly understood creatures. The species (Smutsia gigantea) is largely nocturnal, and lives in underground burrows in the lowland forests and savanna of tropical Africa. Their life span, range and habitat use are basically a mystery, and yet the...

Climate change cuts plantain production, schooling

From SciDev.net: Climate change is reducing plantain yields and school attendance rates in Cameroon from 1991 to 2011, says a study. According to researchers, the Central African region, where Cameroon is located, lacks studies on climate change social...

Protecting National Parks with Cassava

Cassava is one of the main crops produced by communities around national parks for food and income in southwest Cameroon. The crop is largely cultivated using traditional methods, often resulting in low yields and soil degradation. Slash-and-burn agriculture is also a...

Plantains, Education and Climate Change

New research from the Congo Basin Institute has revealed links between climate change, plantain productivity and education levels in rural households in central Africa. The study charts a decline in yields of plantain – an important crop throughout west and central...

Exploring the Link Between Cocoa Farms and Biodiversity

That chocolate you’re eating? There’s a good chance it came, in part, from Africa. The continent produces more than 70 percent of the world’s cocoa supply, mostly from small-scale, shade-grown farms in west and central Africa. Most cocoa trees need some shade to...

Visiting Bouamir: A photo essay

Margery Nicolson doesn’t walk so well anymore. She has spent a lifetime traveling and trekking; decades of backpacking, rock-climbing, and the slow march of time have all taken their toll. She’s had two hip replacements, plus there’s the battered knee (after an...