Our journey and milestones
NARO’s journey started in 1992; founded to strategically respond to the growing difficulties of food insecurity and poverty across the country.
Emerging challenges such as climatic change, pests and diseases had started taking root, adversely affecting food production, nutrition and household incomes.
The research body’s enactment was initially enshrined in the National Agricultural Research Act 1992 which was subsequently replaced by the National Agricultural Research System Act 2005.
Despite its brief past NARO’s history is rich with various achievements and milestones that are mainly achieved through 10-year strategic plans.
For instance, in the previous strategic plan of 2008/09 – 2017/18, NARO conducted research and development initiatives leading to generation of 801 technologies and innovations.
These subsequently contributed to increased incomes of farming households, ensured household food and nutrition security, created on-farm and off farm employment opportunities, promoted manufacturing and value addition to agricultural products and generated foreign exchange.
In an effort to build on these achievements and focus on agricultural transformation in the country, NARO reviewed and developed a new strategic plan for the period 2018/19 – 2027/28.
How we work (innovative and adaptive research)