Timothy Schilling

Dr. Schilling is the Executive Director of World Coffee Research (WCR) a non-profit, collaborative research and development program to grow, protect and enhance the supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it. The program is funded and driven by the global coffee industry, guided by producers, executed by coffee scientists around the world and managed by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture of the Texas A&M University System. The program is operating in 15 coffee producing countries where coffee quality and yields are being improved through varietal introduction and testing. Because the effect of climate change on coffee quality and production is such a serious threat to the global supply chain, WCR has taken special care in designing and implementing state of the art research in the development of climate change resilient varieties and F1 hybrids adapted to the various coffee growing regions of the world.

Dr. Schilling is an agronomist, manager and former-researcher with strong market orientation and experience in agribusiness and cooperative development. His leadership as the Director of the USAID PEARL and SPREAD projects was crucial to the very successful entry of Rwanda into the American and European Specialty Coffee markets. This new multi-million dollar sector has doubled incomes for over 100,000 small coffee producers and has assisted the Government change the image of Rwanda in the international press. He also created Rwanda's first Specialty Coffee roasting company, Rwanda Roasters SARL, for local sales. In addition to coffee, Schilling introduced and created the Bird's Eye Chili pepper sector in Rwanda that is now exporting high quality, dried BEC to UK and French spice markets. He also developed and marketed Rwanda's first fully produced, processed, packaged, and supermarket-ready food product for the French grocery chain, AUCHAMPS.

As Chief of Party for the $20M USAID SPARC project in Mali, Schilling set up the Malian Agricultural Research Planning and Funding system at Mali's Institute of Agricultural Research, IER. The system assisted researchers focus on results that directly affect farmer production and increased revenues through linkages with markets and industry. He introduced import substitution for replacing expensive, imported French maize grits with locally produced maize grits for beer production at Mali's National Brewery. Malian Agricultural researchers integrated with Food Technology laboratories, the Milling industry and the Brewing industry to produce an acceptable replacement the French grits and substantially less cost to the brewery but high returns to farmers.

As Associate Director of the Collaborative Research Support Program for Sorghum and Millet, Dr. Schilling gained an intimate knowledge on the workings of Universities, the U.S. Congress, USAID, and National Agricultural Institutes in African and Latin America. In addition to managing over 15 research programs in 6 different countries, Tim recruited over 100 African researchers from the SADCC countries for MS and PhD training in the US.