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About CSRL

Since 2003, the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has worked side-by-side with Kamuli District residents to discover and implement sustainable solutions to meeting the community’s most urgent needs. Starting with farmer training, the center has evolved into programming that touches every stage of the life cycle.

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CSRL and ISU‐UP uses the power of education to develop sustainable communities and responsible global citizens.


To develop responsible global citizens and thriving local communities that benefit from food and financial security, quality education and healthcare, civic participation, social inclusion, environmental stewardship, and overall sustainable livelihoods.


The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) is committed to improving the well-being of rural communities globally. CSRL embraces the opportunity to create high-quality programs that align with these values. 2022 Value Statement

CSRL Lifecycle ModelTheory of Change:

We accomplish our mission by focusing on education and capacity building as the core of sustainable human development, central to all CSRL programs. CSRL developed a lifespan program delivery model that serves all age groups. The model is represented in the lifecycle graphic "Ending Hunger"..

CSRL’s success is dependent on:

  • Putting people first
  • Utilizing research-based information while respecting indigenous knowledge
  • Developing strategic partnerships with organizations who share our values (government, NGO, private sector, research/education, etc.)
  • Employing a holistic and interdisciplinary approach
  • Engaging donors in learning about and supporting our programs
  • Developing future leaders by providing the students of today the opportunity to learn how to be change agents
  • Maintaining the highest ethical standards in all our relationships
  • Working tirelessly until the job is successfully completed

Areas of Impact: 

Strategic Plan (2020-2024)

Strategic Plan Graphic

Annual Reports


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The ISU Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods is an affiliate of the Iowa State University Office for Global Engagement in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.