Country: United States of America
The Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), in ISU's College of Agriculture, is a unique effort dedicated to providing leadership and support that help alleviate hunger and poverty in developing countries.
Hunger and poverty are the result of multiple factors that limit the ability of individuals, families, and communities to meet their most basic needs. So CSRL's agriculture-focused work is grounded in solid social science principles and implemented through international multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional teams. Since 2004, collaboration among faculty from five colleges at ISU and our Ugandan partner institutions has resulted in increased food security and incomes for small farmers in Kamuli district, Uganda. Participating farm families are more productive, and partner institutions are using indigenous and scientific knowledge to improve livelihoods, but there is much more work to do to develop and implement an effective, sustainable model that can empower more families and communities.
We initiate and support collaborative training and development activities that strengthen the capabilities of rural people and their institutions in developing countries to: improve agriculture and natural resource management practices; build assets; diversify income sources; and achieve food security, nutrition and health. We engage in the discovery and application of science-based and indigenous knowledge to promote resilient, sustainable rural livelihoods in developing countries.