NaFORRI – National Forestry Resources Research Institute

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National Forestry Resources Research Institute

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About Us

Who We Are

We are one of the 16 public National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) under the policy guidance and co-ordination of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) which was established under the National Agriculture Research Act of 2005.

 

 

NaFORRI is located in Kifu, 12km along Mukono-Kayunga road.

Our Vision

Competitive Society Supported by a dynamic agricultural research innovation system.
   

Core Values

Inclusivity, Subsidiarity, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability & Excellence
   

Our Mandate

NaFORRI aims at increasing the benefits derived from trees and forests through conservation and sustainable management of forests.
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General Functions

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.
Developing and managing agricultural research information system and ensuring collaboration of stakeholders.
Planning, monitoring and evaluating all research programmes undertaken by the institute to ensure conformity with the national research strategy.
Ensuring quality of technologies developed, multiplied and disseminated through the uptake path ways.
Generation of periodic reports on findings of the agricultural research to the Council and other stakeholders.
Building and sustaining linkages and partnerships with local regional and international research bodies.
Participating in problem identification and prioritization of research demand for the national research agenda.
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Governance

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-stoppinng and capacity buuilding to Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the ZARDIs, and other agencies dealing in agricultural research.
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Programs/Activities

The research endeavors at NaFORRI are geared towards maximizing the benefits derived from trees and their resources, emphasizing conservation and sustainable management practices within forests. The establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and the Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI) signifies a collaborative effort to conduct joint research. This collaboration aims to drive innovations in climate change adaptation, sustainable resilience, and the conservation of environmental and natural resources, ultimately leading to enhanced livelihoods and national development.

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Recreation Services (e.g Golf Course)
Motor Workshop Services
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Our Research Programs

Research : NaFORRI Publications

This work is an INBAR publication produced as part of the Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme—Phase II funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, China. The Dutch-Sino East Africa Bamboo Development Programme is a Triangular South–South cooperation to support livelihood development, food security, and better environmental management by developing robust bamboo value chains and a sustainable bamboo industry in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

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Tree pruning is an important tree management option for reducing shading effects and altering whole-tree water use in smallholder farming systems. In this study, sap flow meters (SFM1s) were used to monitor whole- tree water use in Cordia africana (Cordia), Albizia coriaria (Albizia) and Coffea arabica (coffee) trees in two farms in Eastern Uganda.

Overstory trees were subjected to a 50% pruning regime at a 6-month interval over a period of 20 months (July 2018–February 2020). Analysis of variance General Linear Model was performed to assess the influence of tree species, management, season and their interaction on mean daily sap flow.

Pairwise Pearson correlation coefficients between daily sap flow and leaf phenology were also obtained. Pruning altered the synchrony in the vegetative phenology of Albizia trees, as leaf cover changes occurred earlier in pruned trees than in unpruned trees.

Pruned Cordia and Albizia trees respectively used 22.8% and 50.1% less water than unpruned trees whose average daily water use was 76.5L day⁻¹ and 133.7L day⁻¹ respectively. Episodes of reverse flows were observed in Albizia trees (pruned and unpruned) and the pruned Cordia during certain periods of the year. There was a statistically significant main effect of tree species, pruning, season and their interaction on daily tree water use (P < 0.05).

Coffee used 0.1 to 4.3 L of water per day over the 20-month period. While unshaded coffee used more water than shaded coffee, coffee growing under pruned trees used more water than coffee under unpruned trees. This could have resulted from more transpiration pull in coffee resulting from increased radiation with reduced shading.

Subsequently, canopy pruning reduced the water demand of the tree component and resulted in recharge in the crop-rooting zone, although this seemed to appear later following consistent pruning. The study findings demonstrate that agroforestry tree canopy pruning can regulate water use in smallholder agroforestry systems, the benefits of other tree products notwithstanding.

In a bid to curb deforestation and mitigate climate change effects, NaFORRI has developed technologies that improve wood recovery through efficient wood waste utilization. Various products have thus been developed from wood waste such as fuel lighters from saw dust and glulam furniture from timber offcuts.

NaFORRI has conducted research on renewable energy technologies geared towards reducing deforestation. Some of the products generated include energy saving cook stoves, charcoal and briquettes from wood waste and biodiesel from selected energy crops.

NaFORRI is also exploring the potential of various bamboo species for the furniture, construction and energy industry as well as for forest restoration and mitigation of climate change effects. This is premised on the fact that bamboo is a fast-growing plant and that bamboo species have physical and mechanical qualities comparable to those of woody species. Hence, various products have been produced including bamboo fuel, assorted kitchen ware and other artisan furniture.

NaFORRI’s successful intervention of using biological agents to control tree pests and diseases has given hope to hundreds of commercial Eucalyptus farmers who were losing their trees and livelihood. The invasion of exotic pests on the commercial tree growing scene in 2014, created uncertainty for tree growers. Before intervention, the devastating pests such as blue gum chalcid, Red gum Lerp psyllid and Bronze bug were wiping out Eucalyptus trees in Uganda estimated at 50,000 ha, and pausing a likely loss of 1.75 trillion shillings in revenue.

NaFORRI strategic research programs

Research at the Institute is conducted is conducted through four (4) strategic research programs, namely;

  1. Agroforestry Research Program
  2. Forest Conservation and Management Research Program
  3. Forest Products and Services Research Program
  4. Tree improvement and management program

NaFORRI Mode of Operation

We conduct forestry research through strategic partnerships with research and development organizations including Universities and other tertiary institutes, the private sector, central and local government, statutory authorities and farmer communities.

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NaFORRI’s work at a glance

We conduct forestry research through strategic partnerships with research and development organizations including Universities and other tertiary institutes, the private sector, central and local government, statutory authorities and farmer communities.

The Institute has made great strides in ensuring sustainable wood supply in Uganda by contributing in supplying quality seedlings of fast growing tree species e.g clonal eucalyptus, Pinus carribea, Melia volkensii, Olea welwitschii (Elgon teak).

In a bid to curb deforestation and mitigate climate change effects, NaFORRI has developed technologies that improve wood recovery through efficient wood waste utilization. Various products have thus been developed from wood waste such as fuel lighters from saw dust and glulam furniture from timber offcuts.

NaFORRI has conducted research on renewable energy technologies geared towards reducing deforestation. Some of the products generated include energy saving cook stoves, charcoal and briquettes from wood waste and biodiesel from selected energy crops.

NaFORRI is also exploring the potential of various bamboo species for the furniture, construction and energy industry as well as for forest restoration and mitigation of climate change effects. This is premised on the fact that bamboo is a fast-growing plant and that bamboo species have physical and mechanical qualities comparable to those of woody species. Hence, various products have been produced including bamboo fuel, assorted kitchen ware and other artisan furniture.

Drylands in Uganda suffer the worst consequences of climate change. In order to mitigate climate change effects and improve soil productivity in drylands, NaFORRI spearheaded research on some of the suitable tree species for dryland afforestation in Uganda. So far, seven tree species have been deemed suitable for dryland afforestation: Melia volkensii (UG and KE varieties), Terminalia brownii, Gmelina arborea, Grevillea robusta, Eucalyptus clones (GC 550, GC 796).

In a bid to improve nutritional security in Uganda, NaFORRI conducts research on various fruit trees including Avocado, Guava, Cashew nut, Mangoes, Annona, and Jackfruit. Currently, the institute is producing quality improved seedlings for Hass avocado, Cashew nut, Annona and Citrus. Although these are grown on a commercial scale, NaFORRI targets the uptake of these technologies for small holder farmers as part of on-farm forestry.

Additionally, NaFORRI is exploring the potential of some of the non-wood forest products to contribute to food and health security. This includes bio-prospecting of medicinal tree species for the nutra-ceutical and pharmaceutical industries.

NaFORRI’s successful intervention of using biological agents to control tree pests and diseases has given hope to hundreds of commercial Eucalyptus farmers who were losing their trees and livelihood. The invasion of exotic pests on the commercial tree growing scene in 2014, created uncertainty for tree growers. Before intervention, the devastating pests such as blue gum chalcid, Red gum Lerp psyllid and Bronze bug were wiping out Eucalyptus trees in Uganda estimated at 50,000 ha, and pausing a likely loss of 1.75 trillion shillings in revenue.

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Volunteer & Internships

Application Procedure for Volunteers and Internships

Volunteers: Interested persons are advised to write and deliver applications to NaFORRI on weekdays.

Internships: NaFORRI runs one internship program annually. Students are advised to deliver applications and university recommendations to the Institute on weekdays. Submit your application to the office of Director of Research NaFORRI.

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Contact Information

  • National Agricultural Forestry Resources Research Institute - NaFORRI
  • +256 414 383028
  • director.naforri@naro.go.ug
  • Kifu, 12km along Mukono-Kayunga road
  • P.O. Box 1752, Kampala
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