CETRAD is a Bilateral Institution between the Government of Kenya (through The Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR)) 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 and conducts research and training that aim to buid human capacity and integrated base 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.
CETRAD is organized into four thematic departments and a support department responsible for Administration, Logistics and Finance. The four are: