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  • 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).

  • Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ 2019 Uganda Service Learning Program are collecting books for activities to enhance the reading achievement of pupils in primary schools in the Kamuli District of Uganda. The students will take donated books with them to Uganda this summer.

    Book Drive Dates: March 25 - May 1, 2019

    Drop-Off Locations: 

    119 Kildee Horticulture Hall Atrium 1320 Elings (ABE Student Services Office)

    Reading Levels: Beginner - 7th Grade

    https://www.globe.iastate.edu/isu-uganda-program-childrens-book-drive

  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Office and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods have offered Iowa State University students the opportunity to improve food security and change the lives of people in the Kamuli District of Uganda for the past 14 years by participating in study abroad and service learning opportunities related to agroforestry, education, nutrition and health, animal science and post-harvest handling. This past spring break, 14 Iowa State University students participated in the week-long service learning trip that focused on working at primary schools and with local communities in the Kamuli District on agroforestry, refurbishing a tree nursery and establishing woodlots.

  • We would like to thank everyone who made a financial contribution to the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Livestock Integration FUNDISU Campaign. You helped to exceed our goal by raising a total of $20,595 before the $10,000 match, bringing the final amount raised to $30,595 from 80 generous donors!

  • Deep Roots: Iowa State’s Mpirigiti Rural Training Center Opens in Uganda

    By: Brian Meyer

  • The ISU Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods invites you to share in supporting the expansion of livestock production, improved animal health and increased animal-source foods in Kamuli District, Uganda.

  • The ISU Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods invites you to share in changing the lives of men and women farmers, youth entrepreneurs and children in rural Uganda by supporting the expansion of livestock production, improved animal health and increased animal-source foods.  This expansion will be managed through the Iowa State University-Uganda Program in Kamuli District, Uganda. Click here to learn more about the campaign or to make a financial contribution.

  • CSRL Associate Director David Acker Inspiring the Next Generation

    The World Food Prize presented the inaugural “Inspiring the Next Generation” award to Iowa State University Associate Dean and CSRL Associate Director David Acker...[more]

  • Waking up in a dorm-like compound, Kate Stewart splashes her face with cold water. As she prepares for her day, fellow Iowa State students also prepare for a full day of coursework, service learning, working with each other and gathering information for their own projects.

    Stewart, a senior in global resource systems, first experienced Uganda in the summer of 2017 with the Uganda Program through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Office. Stewart knew it was somewhere she wanted to return, however, she never anticipated how soon she would have the opportunity to travel back.

  • President Wendy Wintersteen shares her vision for the future with the World Food Prize

    President Wintersteen was featured on the Borlaug Blog last week. She shared her vision for the future with the World Food Prize: "In the year 2050, a gathering will take place at the Mpirigiti Rural Training Centre in the Kamuli District of Uganda.

  • Three Iowa State University graduate students were recently awarded the Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge. Samuel Kiprotich, food science and human nutrition; Mike Sserunjogi, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and Emmanuel Nsamba, genetics, completed a research challenge on reducing food waste, specifically cassava rot in Nigeria and other sub-Sahara African countries. The complete story can be found on the CALS website. 

  • A new rural training center dedicated July 11 in the East African country of Uganda will help the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods expand food and agricultural programs that serve local families. It also will provide more service-learning opportunities for ISU and African students.

  • Iowa State Team Wins Worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge

    For three Iowa State University graduate students, winning the worldwide 2018 Food Solutions Challenge was more than an honor – it meant they could help reduce food waste in their homeland.

    The Iowa State team received $5,000 on May 20 for its proposal to improve the shelf life of cassava, which is a staple food in Africa and can rot within three days after harvest. Team members include Samuel Kiprotich, food science and human nutrition; Mike Sserunjogi, agricultural and biosystems engineering; and Emmanuel Nsamba, genetics. Read More. 

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