To find integrative breakthrough solutions that conserve the environment and meet the vital needs of the developing world.
By 2050, over 9 billion people are projected to compete for scarce resources on a planet experiencing the effects of severe climate change. We envision a world that meets its people’s needs for health and nutrition, while developing sustainable economies and preserving the natural diversity of its ecosystems.
To create a network of permanent, multi-disciplinary enterprises focused on innovative, evidence-based solutions to critical development challenges. The first will be the Congo Basin Institute (CBI) located in Cameroon, Africa, dedicated to finding solutions to the interconnected issues of climate change, human disease, food and water security, and loss of biodiversity.
How We Work
Together with our globally recognized partners, we will leverage the diverse resources of universities, industry, government, and development organizations. Emphasizing in-country building, the CBI will expand the existing campus of our International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) partner in Yaoundé to include a Research and Education Park that will provide a variety of buildings and resources. This innovative CBI structure will enable rapid scaling up of programs and partners to address emerging development issues, as well as advance project replication in other regions within Congo Basin nations.
With an emphasis on in-country capacity building, the CBI will serve as a regional hub for international scholars working in the Congo Basin region by providing world-class research and training.
These challenges hit the countries of the Congo Basin especially hard:
- Its countries suffer from some of the world’s lowest per capita income and bear some of the highest human disease burdens.
- Most development aid to Africa misses the Congo Basin region.
- Deforestation, overgrazing, soil degradation and emerging agricultural pests and diseases further impede development.
- And only 20 percent of the region’s students who go overseas return.
But these conditions make the Congo Basin the ideal place to develop solutions to these challenges — by engaging people who understand the tangled roots of the underlying problems.
Through interdisciplinary scientific approaches. Partnerships that quickly take research into action. With African scientists and decision makers taking the lead.