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  • Mother preparing nutrient densde porrige made from ISU-UP fortitied flour for herself and her infant.

    Provide Nourishment - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    Prior to the pandemic lockdown, each day mothers of malnourished infants would carry their babies to the ISU-UP nutrition education center in their community for assistance. There, mothers would meet as a group and prepare a nutritious porridge. Then both breastfeeding mothers and infants would consume a cup of this life-saving formula, and take some home for another meal later in the day. These group gatherings also served as a venue for training in nutrition, gardening, visits by district nurses, and social support among other services.

  • Chairperson of TwabakorangZone receiving and distributing papers of Nakanyonyi primary school

    Encourage Learning - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    A big THANK YOU to all who are making a difference through your contributions to the CSRL COVID relief and rehabilitation effort. We will be sharing a short story update each week of the campaign. Please share it with a friend! 

    In a normal year, CSRL supports education in Kamuli district through service-learning, the school lunch program, and school gardens programs among other activities. But this is certainly not a normal year.

    In Uganda, COVID-19 has restricted travel and prohibited group meetings, resulting in schools being shuttered and thus disruption of ISU-UP supported school lunch programs, a benefit that increases school attendance and nourishes minds. This has resulted in decreased learning and increased undernutrition.

  • With baby in tow, a relief recipient hefts her family's blankets, rice, beans, and maize flour towards their temporary home.

    Give Warmth - CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda Campaign

    Your donations will help supply much-needed emergency relief such as food and blankets to rural Ugandans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Iowa State University-Uganda Program staff in Kamuli district who work every day to carry out the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods’ programs, have not only adapted their normal job responsibilities to the current conditions but are now also working to ensure that hunger is kept at bay despite the pandemic.

  • Ugandan Women

    October 16, is World Food Day!

    Join our efforts in helping rural citizens of Uganda who have been intensely affected by the global pandemic and natural disasters that have occurred during 2020. Through the “CSRL COVID Relief and Rehabilitation in Uganda” FundISU campaign, your financial contributions will help provide the resilience necessary for individuals and their communities to emerge from this very difficult period. Learn more about how we are meeting the challenges and please consider making a financial donation.

    You are invited to join the effort beginning at 9:00am on October 16 through 11:59pm on December 1, 2020. Thanks to a generous donor, every dollar donated up to the first $25,000 will be matched! Donate early and to be sure your impact is doubled.

  • Members of the program.

    Dr. David Acker, Director for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, along with Dr. Tom Brumm, Associate Director for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and Mary and Charles Sukup Global Professor in Food Security in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, participated in a Consortium that discussed the deeply integrated partnership between Iowa State University and the communities and institutions in the Kamuli district of Uganda.

  • Program participant uses a sewing machine.

    Iowa State’s Uganda Program Tailors Face Masks, New Skills During Pandemic

    A set of sewing machines is being repurposed as a public health tool in Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the resourcefulness of Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) at Iowa State University staff and donors.

  • Dr. Max Rothschild and Dr. Curtis Youngs

    The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) recognizes Dr. Max Rothschild’s 15 years of service as CSRL associate director for livestock development. 

  • Katie Stringer

    Graduating Senior Organized Club to Support Ugandan Women

    Selling handmade baskets to support Ugandan families doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for the women receiving the funds, it’s life changing.

  • Gideon Nadiope maize flour donation

    CALS Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Helps Supply Food to Uganda Partners During Pandemic

    The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods is helping supply much-needed food to rural Ugandans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Denise Bjelland in Uganda

    Please join us in honoring Denise Bjelland's 47 years of service to Iowa State University! Open house reception Wednesday, December 18, 2-4 pm, in the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods office: 111 Curtiss Hall, 513 Farmhouse Lane. You may also share messages, memories or photos online:

  • COVID-19 Ends Uganda Internship: Enhances Desire to Fight Future Pandemics

    “Spending this semester in Uganda and being able to watch this situation evolve has made me even more passionate about pursuing a career where I can play a key role in mitigating the spread of future emerging zoonotic diseases so we can hopefully prevent another pandemic like COVID-19." - Hannah Heit

  • Uganda Service Learning School Garden Program Receives Team Award

    The Team Award was presented to an interdisciplinary team dedicated to building the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Service Learning, School Garden Program in Uganda.

    For the past 14 years, the service-learning program has provided educational opportunities to more than 300 university students. ISU students live and work together in rural Uganda, alongside students from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The school garden program, which annually benefits more than 3,000 children, is centered on teaching agricultural skills to youth while contributing to a school lunch program and working with area small-landholder farmers. 

    The Iowa State team includes from left in back row: 

  • We at the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods are truly moved by the outpouring of support for the Growing Education Through School Lunches campaign. Contributing donors helped to exceed our $15,000 goal by raising a total of $30,848 before the $30,000 match, bringing the final amount raised to $60,848 from 85 generous donors!

    Thanks to you, almost 3000 children will be receiving nutritious school lunches on each school day, thereby strengthening their foundation for learning skills to support their futures. Thank you for joining us in our endeavor to end hunger and improve children’s education by providing nutritious meals, learning opportunities through school gardens, and improved school kitchens that will provide safe and sanitary conditions to prepare and serve the food.

  • Global collaboration on food security

    Partnering with ISU ABE faculty and students, Moses Kalyango traveled 8,000 miles to explore solutions to a centuries-old problem: how can subsistence farmers get rid of maize weevils? For two months, he conducted research with Tom Brumm, Mary and Charles Sukup Global Professor in Food Security and associate director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.

  • Kristi Goedken, senior in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, participated in the Spring Break 2019 Service Learning Trip to Uganda and created a promotional video to build awareness about the program.

  • Dr. Tom Brumm, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and associate director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) at Iowa State University was recently highlighted for his dedication and devotion to service to Iowa State. Read more

    Check out Dr. Tom Brumm's bio to learn more about his involvement as an associate director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL).

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