Dr. Ambrose J. Agona

Word from the Director General

Dr. Ambrose J. Agona

I am pleased to welcome you to the NARO Uganda’s website. A one stop center for information and updates regarding agricultural research and development in Uganda.

As an agency, our mandate is to coordinate, oversee and guide agricultural research in the country and this is where we intend to keep you updated on technologies, innovations and management practices developed by our scientists.

Our national visibility though has been fragmented resulting in sub-optimal attribution of this success to NARO in the public domain. As one of the many efforts to mitigate this anomaly, it is my great pleasure to introduce the NARO Brand Manual to you. This Brand Manual is intended to enable us attain a singular voice and consistent image across the board for NARO at each consumer touch-point or interface.

Throughout the years, we have aspired to be better, more advanced, relevant and to position ourselves at the top of the agricultural research industry in the region and Africa. We have developed new technologies, innovations, and management practices as well as invested in collaborations and partners who contributed and strengthen our interests as a research institution focused on improving lives and livelihoods.

As our societies and economies become more connected regardless of geographical boundaries and time differences, as NARO we will use our digital platforms to reach out, engage and connect with our different stakeholders across the world. Be sure to take a look through our pages to a better understanding of what we do.

Governance Structure

We conduct agricultural research of strategic importance for knowledge generation and development.

Establishment and management of human, physical and financial resources of the institute.

Provision of technical back-stopping and capacity building to Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the ZARDIs, and other agencies dealing in agricultural research.

NARO Council

The NARO Governing Council, which is the Supreme organ overseeing and ensuring good Corporate Governance practices are upheld in the National Agricultural Research Organization, is appointed by the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and has a tenure of 4 years.
The composition of the NARO Governing Council is enshrined in the 2005 NARS Act which dictates that representation to the Governing Council will include; Include what?

In the execution of its oversight role, the Governing Council has the following committees in place:

(i) Science Committee
(ii) Human Resource and Finance Committee
(iii) Users Committee
(iv) Audit Committee and the
(v) Nominations Committee

The NARO Governing Council is supported by a Secretariat in the execution of its roles.
The Secretariat is overseen by a Director-General who is assisted in this role by two (2) Deputy Director Generals; Deputy Director-General – Research Coordination and Deputy Director-General – Agricultural Technology Promotion, Director for Corporate Services, Director Finance and Accounts, Director Human Resources and Head of Internal Audit.


Dr. Yona Baguma

Deputy Director General Research Coordination

Dr. Ambrose J. Agona

Director General

Dr. Sadik Kassim

Deputy Director General Agricultural Technology Promotion

Prof. Justus Rutaisire

Director Corporate Services

Denis Owor

Director of Internal Audit

Robert Bagonza

Director, Human Resources

Mary Theresa Kiggundu

Director of Finance