About Us

Community Initiative For Integrated Rural Development (CIIRD) is a registered not for profit community-based organization in Lwengo district, Uganda. Founded in 2011 and registered in with Lwengo District Community development Department under NGO/CBO 2010 and local Government act 1997.

Our mission

“To give farmer families life opportunities to live free from poverty and disease”

We work with at risk farmer communities whose livelihoods are threatened by the exiting impacts of climate change by equipping the poorest in these communities with knowledge, skills and tools to tackle poverty and disease using local resources to live better lives.

Our programs empower and build capacity of people living in rural areas to have alternative livelihood opportunities that they can rely on in the changing environment  to address food insecurity, economic independence, access to safe water and social well-being.

Our projects are  gender inclusive, participatory and community driven as local people are involved in every step and decision making of development projects in their communities for more self sustaining livelihoods.

Our goals

  1. Address environmental challenges among smallholder farmers  using Agroforestry.
  2. Reduce food insecurity and malnutrition among farmer families using indigenous foods.
  3. Increase farm incomes and economic independence among women and youth through alternative livelihood opportunities in their communities.

With the help of local and international volunteers, we can

  • Ensure food and nutrition security
  • Engage farmers in a profitable nature based and skills based enterprises
  • Conserve the environment through sustainable land use management practices.

Erik Nelsson – Sweden

I spent 6 weeks with Community Initiative for Integrated Rural Development as a part of a longer trip in Africa.  (more…)

Experience in Uganda

Shelby Chau – Canada

For two weeks, I was volunteering with a women’s group located in Kasaana. The women made handicrafts such as mats, beads, and bracelets. The project was flexible; (more…)

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