NARO’s research agenda is guided by 10-year strategic plans that spell out research priorities over the period. The last strategic plan cycle, which stretched from 2008/09 to 2017/18, focused on the improvement of agricultural production and productivity.
The current strategic plan themed: “Market-Oriented Research Spurring Agro-Industrialization”, started in 2018/19 and will end in 2027/28.
To ensure inclusivity, a broad-based team comprising different stakeholders including the private sector, universities, MAAIF, NARO Secretariat and PARIs developed this strategic plan through a countrywide consultative process.
The NARO Research Agenda is classified into two broad areas of Technical and Institutional Research.
The Technical Research scrutinizes farm power and mechanization specifically to help move the majority of farmers from subsistence to commercial agriculture through the adoption of affordable agricultural mechanization.
Between 2008 and 2018 NARO’s agricultural engineering arm released nine (9) designs of agro-machinery prototypes and one (1) drying method. These include the fishing kiln, thresher, water pump.
Also carried out under Technical Research are food nutrition, health and industrial health, genetic resources harnessing and management, market and marketing enhancing technologies, post-harvest handling and value addition studies plus production and productivity, 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.
NARO operates under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework where funding is obtained from the Government of Uganda.
Technology and Innovations
Technology and Innovations are the outcomes of most of the research programs we take on at NARO. These technologies are grouped into crop Research interventions and Livestock Innovations
Ongoing Research Projects
Developing a Market–Oriented and Environmentally Sustainable Beef Meat Industry in Uganda Project (MOBIP)
This project seeks to improve the competitiveness and productivity of the beef sub-sector through fostering gender-responsive, inclusive, and sustainable rangeland, agro-forestry, and water resources management in Uganda.
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