Research Projects

Ongoing Research

Current Research ongoing at NARO Institutes 


Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Project

In August 2019, the CSA Concept was developed, presented, and approved by ASWG for submission to the MFPED Development Committee. Relatedly, the process of securing a consultant (CIAT Nairobi) to conduct a climate risk profiling for the different agro-ecological zones (12) and four (4) value chains is on-going. For capacity building, NARO and MAAIF teams will participate in a Climate Risk Profiling activity with CIAT. The CSA concept note is scheduled for presentation to the Development Committee (MFPED) on August 11th, 2020.

Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU)

This project seeks to chase poverty and hunger in northern Uganda by diversifying food systems for food and nutrition security, poverty reduction, and inclusive development. With an implementation period of 40 months, the DINU project targets eight (8) districts in two (2) livelihood sub-regions of Acholi and Lango. It has a total indicative budget of 6,375,941.00 EUR, of which 5,738,346.90 EUR is the requested EU contribution. The consortium partners include: SOLIDARIDAD, SG 2000, PALM Corps, Lira University, AUPWAE, AGRENES, and Muni University.

Feed the Future Initiative

The FtF NARO activity is a research and development initiative between the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) and USAID with the aim of promoting the use and commercialization of improved technologies with yield and nutritional enhancing characteristics in Uganda. In order to achieve this objective, the activity will focus on the continued improvement of crop genetics, bio-fortification, and integrated pest and disease management for both crops and livestock, in response to social and market needs and other emerging threats. The project started in 2020 and will last for five years at a cost of ten million dollars. Their key attributes include; maturing within 95-135 days with a good aromatic taste, texture that extends and soft on cooking and non-pasty preferred by majority of women. Unlike existing varieties, all the new varieties are aromatic and yield more by 1 tonne per hectare. All these varieties are resistant to Rice Yellow Mottle Virus, Rice Blast and Bacterial Leaf Streak. These varieties will be most beneficial to farmers within the low land areas in Uganda. Figures 1- 4 show different rice varieties with their special attributes.

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.