CBI serves as a global partnership among scientists, practitioners, and communities to develop solutions for humanity and nature

Services Provided

The institute aims to promote scientific work by facilitating visiting scientists and encouraging them to collaborate meaningfully with Cameroonian colleagues. We conduct research projects to address key issues. We build partnerships with other organizations.

Who We Serve

CBI works with local and indigenous communities along with researchers from around the world to address local, regional and global problems in an equitable and sustainable way.

Mission and Goals

With over 50 years of experience, the staff of the Congo Basin Institute (CBI) generates research that enables policy makers to make more informed decisions on the interlocking environmental and developmental challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa. Expanding on the existing resources and infrastructure of the IITA campus the Congo Basin Institute (CBI) will serve as a regional nexus for interdisciplinary research, education, training, and technology development focused on critical issues facing the Congo Basin with implications for both the developing and developed world: climate change, water and food security, biodiversity, and human and animal health.

Partnership Inquiries

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.
Co-director, Congo Basin Institute; UCLA Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA Founder & Director, Center for Tropical Research