CETRAD is a Bilateral Institution between the Government of Kenya (through The Ministry of Water and Irrigation) and the Government of Swiss Confederation, through the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Berne. CETRAD was established in July 2002 as a follow up of the then Laikipia Research Programme (1976 - 1997), and therefore builds on the long term preinvestment research facility.
CETRAD is based in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya. It is concerned with research and training to design strategies for sustainable development, promote land use planning for sustained livelihood and optimal resource use, foster sustainable resource use and management for improved productivity and promote non-farm, non-pastoral enterprises, infrastructure and related services.
Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development - Reshaping the coexistence of different food systems in South America and Africa
Despite of significant technological transformations in food production, more than 800 million people still suffer from hunger worldwide and many more from chronic undernutrition. Many scientists agree that food security is not in the first place related to production levels: Today, more than enough food for everyone is being produced according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
H.E. the Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Ralf Heckner, visited CETRAD on the 21st and 22nd of April, 2016. During his visit, presentations were done on projects being undertaken by CETRAD and other stakeholders based on the theme “Promoting knowledge based innovations for sustainable regional development”.
Director CETRAD gave a public lecture on Friday 11th March, 2015 at Laikipia University on the topic "Rapidly changing world and emerging new role and importance of Africa. Implications for sustainability research." The lecture was closely followed by signing of an MoU with the University management...
Course duration: 3 Weeks (August 2016)
The objective of the course is to enable participants acquire a sound theoretical and practical basis in the use of the most common GIS operations. The Course emphasises on unequivocal definition of quality standards and the broadening of each...
AFGROLAND integrated research seeks to link agro-food-energy nexus in order to improve the understanding of how changes in the global agro–food–energy system affect countries in Africa. The project investigates the economic, social and environmental impacts of changes in land use patterns driven...
Decommissioning of “Community Information Dissemination and Resource Centre (CIDRC)”
Dates/Venue: 16th February, 2015 - Agricultural Training Centre (Makueni)
Workshop - Resources Availability Assessment Methodology
Date/Venue: 15 - 17 Feb 2015 - Moti Pearl Hotel Isiolo (Workshop overview - Article 2)
Training on Food Security - 9th - 27th March
CETRAD Past Projects (selected few)
1. Assessment of Wetlands Utilisation in Upper Ewaso Nyiro Basin
2. Sustainable Development Appraisal (SDA) Mwingi
3. Human-Elephants Conflicts in the Ewaso Ngiro North Catchment
4. Mt Kenya East (Fence) Baseline survey
CETRAD offers short-term training courses and provides a platform for academic training programmes from collaborating local and foreign universities and other related research institutions. The short-term courses are designed to impact technical skills and provided field based and practical exposure to the target trainees, normally drawn from government and NGO institutions from the respective training fields. The academic training programmes are offered at Masters, PhD and Post Doc levels.
CETRAD Social and Hydrological Information Platform (SHIP) was launched on Tuesday 15 December, 2015 at the Utalii Hotel in Nairobi. The occasion was graced by the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Mr. David Jakaiti who was representing the Principal Secretary Mr. Fred Sigor and Dr. Boniface Kiteme, Director CETRAD.The occasion was also attended by various stakeholders including WRMA, ENNDA, WSTF, KEFRI, ILRI, UON, LWF, Rural Focus and other stake holders from diverse sectors of research and development in the country.
The SHIP was developed under the auspices of Water and Land Resources Centre project (WLRC) through the funding of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and GoK through the ministry of Water and Irrigation. The SHIP is a revolutionary cloud based online application with service modules including; Data and Map service, Geo-Spatial Repository, Document Repository, Learning platform and a User guide. This development will facilitate easy and efficient access to up to date data, information and knowledge on water and land resources generated by CETRAD and partners over the last 25 years.
The data and map server provides time series data on rainfall, evaporation, weather, river flow and land. It also Connects Monitoring Sites with other partners data, provides online access of social and Hydrological data and also tabular & geo-spatial data. The geo-spatial repository provides GIS metadata and data including vector and raster data with associated reports and ready to use PDFs. On the other hand, the document repository contains state of the art online document metadata and data (Dspace) for reference on water and land governance, water and land resource information, PhD and Masters Thesis from different Universities, locally and abroad and studies carried out by different researchers both from within the region and abroad.
Last but not least it has a learning platform that contains structured courses, learning objects and exercises for peer to peer learning and collaboration to supplement SHIP database and tools. It also provides a platform for engagement and collaboration between partners and other users. Stakeholders and other SHIP users are encouraged to bring forward any new ideas that can help to improve its content and usage. We are currently working on some of the suggestions which include having a ‘Users Guide’ to be incorporated as one of the modules within the SHIP. We are also working on ways to ensure that any content uploaded for use by users on the SHIP passes the integrity test in order to address the issue of credibility.
The SHIP is currently available to general public at (http://22.214.171.124/wlrc). Contact CETRAD head office for more details on
or call +254 725 348449.
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