About CSRL


Thriving rural communities that benefit from food and financial security, quality education and healthcare, civic participation, social inclusion, environmental stewardship, and overall sustainable livelihoods.


To support resilient, sustainable rural livelihoods through the discovery and application of science-based and indigenous knowledge.



CSRL's activities center on small landholder farmers to achieve food security, improve household nutrition, and stabilize income through sustainable crop and livestock production and access to marketing opportunities. We also provide support for malnourished children, widows, and families living with HIV/AIDS.  

Our general approaches towards establishing sustainable improvements in individual and household livelihoods have been to:

    Partner with developing country organizations, leaders and communities to improve
    rural food security, nutrition,and health.





    Support education and development activities that strengthen capabilities of rural people and
    institutions to improve their livelihoods and respond to emerging challenges







    Catalyze discovery and application of science-based and indigenous knowledge through contributions
    by ISU faculty, staff and students and their counterparts in developing countries.