Our Partners

Our Partners

Academic Collaborations

Makerere University

NARO in collaboration with Makerere University introduced the NARO-Makerere Joint Scientific Conference to serve as a platform for evidence-based dialogue on measures to transform the sector, with special focus on innovations for agro-industrialization. NARO’s core business is grounded in the generation and promotion of technologies, innovations, and management practices in crops, livestock, fisheries, forests, and the integration of indigenous knowledge with modern scientific methods

The University of Queensland Australia

In 2005, the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy at Queensland University of Technology in Australia and the National Banana Research Program of NARO Uganda were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Grand Challenges in Global Health program. This project is to tackle micronutrient deficiencies in Uganda through increasing the levels of pro-vitamin A and iron in the fruit of the staple food of Uganda. This was the genesis of Banana21.

Wageningen University & Research

The ISSD Plus project, coordinated by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, aims to contribute to increased incomes of smallholder farmer households and improved household food and nutrition security in Uganda.

The project implements its activities through teams in the Zonal Agricultural Research and Development institutes (ZARDIs) of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). Implementation takes place in partnership with NARO, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the District Local Governments for issues related to seed quality assurance for field crops.

Our Partners

NARO Funders


The USAID NARO partnership focusses on;

People: Technical capacity training that is seen a number of NARO scientists trained.
Product: Thirty crop varieties developed and introduced in the country,
Policy: The GMO law to be passed so as to enhance agricultural research in Uganda.

Uganda Coffee Development  Authority

The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) partners witth NARO through the National Coffee Research Institute (NaCORI)to conduct basic and applied research for strategic nature and national importance on coffee and cocoa.

The need for wilt-resistant varieties is critical for the survival of the coffee industry, and to sustain the livelihoods of about 1.7 million households, who directly depended on the coffee sub-sector.

World Food Programme

The collaboration between NARO and World Food Programme aims to strengthen national food security and nutrition programs through reduction of nutrient loss and waste, while tackling the root causes of malnutrition

Nile Breweries 

National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) has a 5 year Memorandum of Understanding with Nile Breweries Limited (NBL) to extend agricultural research technology to local farmers supplying raw materials used in beer production.

Our Partners

Research Institutions

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) collaborate to finalize the development of Aflasafe—a safe and effective natural product for the integrated management of aflatoxin in the maize, sorghum, and groundnut value chains in Uganda. materials used in beer production.

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

CIAT-NARO partnership in Uganda has been instrumental in shaping the nation’s agricultural landscape. For years, CIAT and Bioversity International have been working synergistically in Uganda, contributing to the country’s agricultural development. This collaborative endeavor stands as a beacon of innovation, working together not only with the esteemed National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) but also alongside a consortium of partners.