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    The Community Income Generation Innovations (CIGI) program through the Iowa State University- Uganda Program has allowed Marion to learn a new skill of weaving baskets which has immensely impacted her life. Help others like Marion who wish to develop their skills, enabling them to provide for themselves and improve their families' long-term livelihoods. Please share Marion's story and donate now to double your impact through matching funds!

    Enjoy the full CIGI video here:

  • Iowa State University’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) and its Uganda Program (ISU-UP) use the power of education to develop responsible global citizens and thriving local communities that benefit from food and financial security, healthcare, civic participation, social inclusion, and environmental stewardship. One key set of ingredients in achieving our mission is skills development for self-reliance. Currently, we cannot accommodate the number of mothers and youth who wish to develop their skills.  With your help, we can assist more individuals in obtaining the knowledge and boost they need to support themselves. Join our effort to provide projects like these that guide Ugandans to long-term sustainable livelihoods:

  • World Food Prize Logo

    Two ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences program areas were highlighted at the 2022 Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue. Recordings of these events are available thanks to our friends at the World Food Prize Foundation.

    Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Practice in Uganda:

  • David Acker

    David Acker, associate dean for global engagement and director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been selected to receive a Fulbright Specialist Program award.

    The Fulbright Program aims to build lasting connections between people in the U.S. and those in other countries. More than 400 U.S. citizens participate in the specialist program each year, traveling abroad to share their expertise at various institutions. Participants are selected based on their academic and professional achievements, leadership in their field, and potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

  • 2021 CSRL Annual Report Cover Photo

    The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods has released the 2021 annual donor impact report "Spirit of Innovation." In the opening message Director, Dr. David Acker reflects on the tremendous spirit of innovation. Also included are updates on current ISU graduate students from Uganda, stories on the work of each program area, and measurable impacts made possible through generous donor support.

  • Ugandan children at school

    We did it! Thank you very much for helping us exceed our goal!

    We at the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and our Iowa State University–Uganda Program team in Kamuli are truly grateful to you for supporting our new Early Childhood Development program. Your contributions helped exceed our $30,000 goal by raising a total of $36,520!

    Thanks to you, pre-school-age children in the Kamuli district will have a more substantial opportunity for a brighter future. Your contributions will be directed toward improved nutrition, age-appropriate learning materials, more teachers’ aides/assistants, and appropriate school infrastructure, including classrooms, latrines, kitchens, and playgrounds that support safety, sanitation, and engaged learning.  

  • Can you believe that December is almost here?! It's Giving Tuesday and a perfect way to wrap up the FundISU CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development campaign. Thanks to our generous donors we have reached 87% of our goal! And there is still time to make a gift to push us to our goal before this project ends on December 01, at 11:59 PM CST.

    Every dollar makes a difference- 

  • Children reading

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Thankful for Story Time

    In the U.S. most of us have access to books for free through our neighborhood public library. However, books are not commonplace items in Uganda. One reason is that they are not affordable to most rural families. One book could cost the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries! ( An outcome of this is that eight of every ten children of 10 years or under in Uganda cannot read ( Join the CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development campaign to help change this.

  • Ugandan children playground

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Better Future For Every Child

    World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children ( We invite you to take action through the CSRL Uganda Early Childhood Development campaign.

    First established in 1954 World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. November 20, 1959 is when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Nutritious meal

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Setting the table, setting the future

    Kid-friendly dishes and kid-size furniture are much more than cute. Building a positive learning environment sets the table for the future. Learning environments are nurturing spaces that support the development of young children and include age-appropriate equipment, materials, and supplies.

    Well-designed classroom environments for pre-school age children:

    Support responsive caregiving Foster independence and feelings of competence in young children Encourage staff efficiency Promote children’s engagement Decrease challenging behavior Facilitate appropriate social interactions among children Provide structure and predictability


  • Pre-school/kindergarten children at Nakanyonyi Primary School in a classroom with very basic supplies

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Teachers - the building blocks of learning

    Addressing early childhood development and nutrition is a crucial step in CSRL’s Theory of Change to ending hunger. With your help, the Iowa State University-Uganda Program in partnership with schools in the Kamuli district will make quality early childhood development available.

  • Toys that teach!

    Despite it being a critical developmental stage, early childhood education programs in rural areas of Uganda are extremely limited. With your help, CSRL hopes to change that at our partner schools in Kamuli District. A breadth of support is needed including physical structures, nutrition, teachers, and even toys!

    In the U.S., we sometimes overwhelm our children with toys. In Kamuli, educational games and puzzles for small children are more of a rarity. Making the right toys available at the right time provides many physical and mental benefits to a child’s early development including-

    Physical skills:

    Hand-eye coordination Gross motor skills Fine motor skills

    Cognitive skills:

  • Nourishing young minds

    CSRL FundISU Campaign - Nourishment for young minds and bodies

    The brain is an energy-hungry organ. Despite comprising only 2 percent of the body’s weight, the brain gobbles up more than 20 percent of daily energy intake. Because the brain demands such high amounts of energy, the foods we consume greatly affect brain function, including everything from learning and memory to emotions.  []

    Healthy eating is particularly important in childhood for proper growth and development and to prevent various health conditions. Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function, reduced absenteeism, and improved mood. []

  • Join us in our effort in our "Early Childhood Development FundISU Campaign" to ensure a promising future for pre-school-age children in Kamuli District, Uganda by investing in their growth and development. Early Childhood Education is critical in the formative years of children for developing intellectual, social, and emotional skills. You can help us to provide age-appropriate learning materials, improve nutrition through adequate meals throughout the day, increase the number of teachers’ aides/assistants, and improve school infrastructure. We invite you to learn how the ISU-Uganda Program (ISU-UP) is working to improve the outlook for pre-school age children and how your financial donation will make a difference.

  • Youngs conducts pig backfat measurement training

    Curt Youngs, ME Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture and professor of animal science, traveled to the east African country of Uganda in June 2021 in his role as associate director of livestock and animal health programs for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • USI-UP Vaccination Clinic

    Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Gideon Nadiope, national director of the Iowa State University – Uganda Program, 44 staff members at the Mpirigiti Rural Training Center in Uganda received the first of two doses of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine April 12.

  • CSRL 2020 Annual Donor Impact Report

    CSRL 2020 Annual Donor Impact Report Available

    The report’s theme, “Sustaining resiliency,” reflects the fortitude of the ISU-Uganda Program team during this unprecedented year. It includes coverage of the special COVID relief and rehabilitation efforts that are making it possible for marginalized, rural Ugandans to make it through the pandemic and emerge ready to rebuild themselves and their communities. Overall, this report illustrates what is possible when philanthropy unites with Iowa State’s land-grant mission for a passionate — and compassionate — vision for progress against hunger and poverty. We hope you enjoy reading it, and sharing with others.

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    Some people must walk miles to reach clean water in Uganda. This is more of a hardship than ever, when regularly washing one’s hands or face covering can prevent infection from COVID-19.

    Life-saving water is now more available in the country’s Kamuli and Buyende districts, thanks to Iowa State University’s Uganda Program,
    part of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. With leadership from the program, three
    new boreholes (deep wells) now supply needed water to about 1,660 households, a hospital, schools and a nutrition education center.

  • Ugandans planting seeds

    We at the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods are truly inspired by the outpouring of support for our COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda campaign. Your contributions helped to exceed our $25,000 goal by raising a total of $27,720 before the $25,000 match, bringing the final amount raised to $52,720 from a record 142 generous donors!

    Thanks to you, vulnerable families throughout Kamuli and Buyende districts are receiving food, blankets, soap, face masks, educational materials, safe water, sanitary facilities, and the planting materials necessary for individuals and communities to successfully emerge from this very difficult pandemic period. Because of your help, the seeds to recovery are literally being planted.

  • Butooli B borehole in Buyende District

    Keep it running - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    We have all become very familiar with the guideline: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean water.

    Going to the washroom and turning on the tap is something we tend to take for granted. Now imagine fighting the COVID crisis when the water you need to haul home for use is from a sketchy source a mile away.

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