About NARO

NARO

The National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) with the mandate to coordinate and oversee all aspects of public funded agricultural research in Uganda.

Established as a body corporate by the National Agricultural Research Act of 2005, NARO comprises a Governing Council, a Secretariat and 16 Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs) spread across the country.

NARO is mandated to undertake research in all aspects of agriculture including crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, agro-machinery, natural resources and socio-economics.

Mandate

Coordinating, overseeing and guiding agricultural research in Uganda

Vision

A market responsive, client oriented and demand driven national agricultural research system

Mission

To generate and disseminate appropriate, safe and cost effective technologies

Goal

To enhance the contribution of agricultural research to sustainable agricultural productivity, sustained competitiveness, economic growth, food security and poverty eradication

Core Values

Inclusivity, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability and Excellence

Our journey and milestones

Started in 1992

NARO’s journey started in 1992; founded to strategically respond to the growing difficulties of food insecurity and poverty across the country.

Emerging challenges

Emerging challenges such as climatic change, pests and diseases had started taking root, adversely affecting food production, nutrition and household incomes.

Research body

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.

Strategic plans

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.

Increased income

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.

Agricultural transformation

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)

NARO’s work is channeled through 10-year strategic plans that spell out research priorities over the period. The last strategic plan cycle focused on the improvement of agricultural production and productivity. NARO’s current strategic plan for the period 2018/19 – 2027/28, is themed: “Market Oriented Research Spurring Agro-Industrialization”.

The NARO Research Agenda is classified into two broad areas of Technical and Institutional Research.

The Technical Research centers around farm power and mechanization which is intended to move the majority of the farmers that are still involved in subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture through the adoption of affordable agricultural mechanization.

In so doing NARO’s agricultural engineering arm has developed a number of agro-machinery proto-types including the fishing kiln, thresher, water pump.

Also food nutrition, health and industrial health, genetic resources harnessing and management, market and marketing enhancing technologies, post-harvest handling and value addition studies are carried out under Technical Research. Other studies here include production and productivity plus technology development, access and application.

Under the Institutional Research Agenda, the focus is more on policy and partnerships, research capacity (human and infrastructure) and funding and funding diversity.

The National Agricultural Research Organization and Agroecological Zones

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