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Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD) is a Bilateral Institution between the Government of Kenya (through The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation) and the Government of Switzerland, through the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern. CETRAD is based in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, and was established in July 2002 as a follow up of the then Laikipia Research Programme (1976 - 1997).

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To restore Gambella Wetland in Ngare Mara Region. CETRAD will be planting 3000 native trees
Venue: Gambella Wetland
Date: 2nd and 3rd May 2024
Time: 8.00 AM


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CETRAD has been working on several food sustainability projects. The initiatives include Umande Transformative Pilot Actions, Impact of Economic Regimes on Kenyan Food Systems, and Impact of Economic Regimes on Kenyan Food Systems. Is Grabbing the Commons a Promoter to Resilience Grabbing? The Neoliberal Agrarian Development Anti-Politics Machine and Local Responses, Food Sustainability Assessment Framework (FoodSAF) Contents and Indicators, Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa, research on sustainable governance of food systems in Bolivia (South America) and Kenya, Food Systems in Bolivia and Kenya, as well as Methods of Analysis

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The SHIP (Social Hydrological Information Platform) provides access all water and land data and information generated by the Water and Land Resources Centre (WLRC) project of CETRAD.

Together with its partners in Kenya, CDE released the first-ever Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya. The atlas features high-resolution spatial depictions and analyses of data collected in the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census

CETRAD runs a rich hydromet data and information base generated from its long term and comprehensive monitoring network in the upper Ewaso Ngiro North river basin.



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.

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The research efforts of CETRAD are organized around four key thrusts.


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 outreach mission of CETRAD is fulfilled through information dissemination and technology transfer.

Policy Influencing

Effective policy influencing is possible when policymakers are engaged strategically. This happens in the chronology of on-point audience identification and analysis, the correct definition of communication objectives, factful choice of messages to disseminate to the policymakers, using the most impactful channels of communication, innovative designing of information materials, and message delivery.

Dissemination and Technology Transfer

We conduct context-specific research and training to foster development in our thematic areas. Through our robust platforms, we aid the transfer of the research findings to our audiences and chart a pathway for joint developments in the ASALs. Dissemination and Technology Transfer is a constituent of our outreach function through which we integrate research into decision-making and policy formulation processes.


Informed decision-making processes and sustainable development result from expert guidance. CETRAD houses experienced professionals whose knowledge can be used in diverse areas. Some of the common areas of consultation include Land Use and Land Cover Assessment, Land Use Planning, Resource Mapping, Monitoring and Assessment through Remote Sensing (RS), and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) among many.

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