This includes household improvement projects, community involvement in development programs, introduction of high value crops, training in crop production and small-scale processing, and training and 'seed funds' for small-scale, sustainable industry.

Rural poverty in many areas of Uganda, such as Karusandara Village has its roots in relation to war, draught, floods and migration, and currently to HIV/AIDS.

The rural situation is marked by continuing economic stagnation, poor crop production, low incomes and the rising vulnerability of poor people.

Vanilla vine with pods - One of the most high value crops that Cetrud provides to farmers.

Vanilla vine with pods - One of the most high value crops that
CETRUD provides to farmers.

Cetrud's improved passion fruit plants.

CETRUD's improved passion fruit plants.

Lack of access to markets is a problem for many small-scale farmers in Uganda. In addition, the rural population is poorly organized and often isolated, beyond the reach of social safety nets and poverty programs. Increasingly, government policies and Investments in poverty reduction tend to favor urban over rural areas.

HIV/AIDS is changing the profile of rural poverty in rural areas. It puts an unbearable strain on poor households, where labor is the primary income-earning asset. The biggest population in this area is affected by HIV/AIDS and malaria. The problem is becoming very acute and needs quick assistance.

Rural poverty is deepening in villages in Uganda. A majority of poor people live in rural areas. 80% have an average annual per capita income of less than US$300. The main activity in these areas is agriculture.

The progress of national and rural development is too slow, and development assistance to agriculture in this area has declined. This has had a negative impact on small-scale farming, the basic source of livelihood for the rural poor. In general, agricultural productivity per worker is stagnating or decreasing.

Some of the poorest people live on semi-arid land such as that of Karusandara Village, Kikorongo and Muhokya areas. Poor roads, inadequate transport in the area, lack of dispensaries, schools, water, and housing and necessities, has made it very difficult for the people in villages to live comfortably or to develop and change their living conditions.

However, there is great potential for improving these conditions. More than 85% of the people live on land that has medium to high potential for increased productivity.


CETRUD is engaging the community in a number of programs that aim at increasing income and fighting poverty. We are involved in projects that are related to household improvement, and training in different fields related to production. Some of the projects include training and assistance in farming, animal husbandry, apiary, fish farming, small scale business establishment, and the buying and selling of products.

With the introduction of high value crops, such as Vanilla, Shear, Butter, Hemp, Herbs, grafted fruits, Aloe Vera and others, CETRUD has big hopes that once there is a market connection for the products, such crops can help the people escape their poverty.

We are also planning to start small-scale processing and solar drying of commonly grown staple products, such as Groundnuts, Millet, Cassava, dried Apples and Bananas, and other local fruits. By doing this, we shall be adding value to the products, giving them longer shelf-life and making them more profitable for the producers.