AbiZARDI – Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute



Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute











About Us

Our Location

The Arua Rhino camp road divides the farm into two parts i.e., Northern and Southern parts. It occupies 208 Acres (83.2 hectares) of land and a satellite station in Nebbi District of about 22 Acres, hence the overall ownership of the Institute is 230 Acres. Abi ZARDI lies at border Junction between Southern Sudan, DRC and Uganda.

Administratively, it is situated Arua City, Ayivu East Division, shared Ombokoro, Ewadri and Odravu Wards respectively. Under lower local government, it is neighbored by the following Cells; Yabia Voko in the west, Oboopi West in the North, Egara in north-east, Adroi in southeastern and Oluodri East Cell in the southwestern.

About Us

History of AbiZARDI

By the year 1922, two war veterans (Bazil Busby [Abuni] and George Stubbs (Atachwa) from Germany came looking for farmland and got Oboopi clan under the leadership of their eldest son called Mr. Ombanya. He sold the land to the Germans at peanut price.

The war veterans from Germany opened the land and begun farming of tobacco and other crops and built a factory. Overtime, they started giving in-kind assistance to the neighbors and they were nick named A’BI meaning grandfathers.

However, during the 2nd world, the two Germany war veterans were chased away by British and were forced to relocate their factory to Iganga district in Busoga region.

The British decided to rename Abi as Variety Trial Center (VTC) for testing different crop varieties targeting the European Market.

Until the year 1962 when Uganda attained her Independence, the British handed over the Variety Trial Center to the government of the Republic of Uganda. Then the farm became the District Farm Institute (DFI). The institute continued to provide agricultural extension services through tailor-made trainings; good agronomy practices, Post-harvest management, seed multiplication, supplies agricultural inputs, farm mechanization etc.

When NARO in the year 2000/2001 beg an outreach station for improved technologies the DFI was upgraded to serve as Agricultural Research and Development Centre (ARDC). Until the year 2005/06 through the National Agricultural Research (NAR, Act, 2005), the institute acquired the ZARDI status for West Nile Agro-ecological Zone (WNAEZ).

The West Nile Agro Ecological Zone covers a total of 13 districts namely; Arua City, Arua, Terego, Madi-Okollo, Maracha, Koboko, Terego, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, Obongi, Pakwach Nebbi and Zombo.

Our Mission

To innovate for a sustainable agricultural transformation.


Our Vision

A competitive society supported by a dynamic agricultural research innovation system.

Our Mandate

Oversee, guide and coordinate agricultural research.

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Governance Team

Dr. John Walakira - Director of Research
Ejua Peace Clement - Research Officer / Rural Sociologist
Acema Dan - Agroforestry Scientist
Etin John - Planning, Monitoring and & Evaluation Officer
Iwe Gerald Degu - Senior Research Technician
Aluma Pontius - CPA Ag. Accountant
Komuntaro Godwin - Animal Heath Technician
Eyosuru Oliver - Agroforestry Technician
Amaku Simon - Assistant Systems Administrator
Ocan Abdu - Driver


Crop and Natural Resources Research program

To develop seed varieties that are competitive in the market and are resilient to climate change.

Animal Resources Research program

To develop post-harvest processes and innovations for the production of quality  products.

Technology Promotion and outreach program

To address the challenge of seed gap so as to improve yield productivity and production levels in the West Nile region


Products & Services

Diversifying the end products and create alternative uses, hence attracting a better price for the farmer, determined by demand and supply. AbiZARDI is conducting research into making various byproducts in response to emerging market demands. These products have the potential for import substitution and use in the cottage industry.


Research Focus

Research Focus Items

Achievements & Milestones


Partnerships & Collaborations

We have multiple Partnerships


Volunteer & Internships

Application Procedure for Volunteers and Internships

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

Internships: AbiZARDI runs one internship program annually. Students are advised to deliver applications and university recommendations to the Institute on weekdays.



Contact Information

  • Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute - AbiZARDI
  • 8kms away from City Centre along Arua-Rhino Camp Road, Arua City