Mission: Mission is to study and discuss the relationship between conflict and international development in the hope of eliminating hunger, poverty, and violence in the developing world. The conflict and development foundation supports the research, scholarship, and practice of international development - specifically international agriculture development and natural resource management. These activities are carried out through a combination of teaching, training, technology extension, and scientific research.
Programs: Conflict and development foundation is interested in promoting natural resource conservation research in southern africa. Dr. Amanda stronza in the department of recreation parks and tourism sciences at texas a&m university will lead the "ecoexist" research effort with local organizations to increase understanding of wildlife and human conflicts in the okavango delta of botswana. Ecoexist seeks to reduce conflict and foster coexistence between elephants and people. In areas of heightened competition for access to water, food, and space, ecoexist finds and facilitates solutions that work for both species. The ecoexist model connects science with practice. In collaboration with local communities, ecoexist will trial and demonstrate a portfolio of tools and strategies that enable people and elephants to coexist.
funding from the howard g. Buffett foundation to match investments by the usaid higher education solutions network center on conflict and development at texas a&m university. This funding supports research and development efforts in targeted countries in africa, latin america, and the middle east. Funds support local researchers from universities and research institutions in partner countries and students in the united states to conduct field research.
support the ghana center for no-till agriculture through hiring and support a coordinator. This coordinator is responsible for communications with local and regional partners include usaid, universities, research centers, and other ngos. The ghana center for no-till conservation agriculture promotes best agricultural practices in ghana and throughout africa to increase food productions and on-farm productivity while conserving soil and water resources.