Message from the Director General NARO

With great pleasure and gratitude, I take this opportunity to welcome you to the website. It is fore gone conclusion that nobody lights a lamp and keep it under the table! Welcome to the NARO website.

The agricultural research system in Uganda has evolved over the years from sub-sector based research institutes into a unified National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) under the 1992 statute. This brings us to close to 22 years since the establishment of NARO as a semi-autonomous institution and body corporate consolidating research in crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry.

In our 10 - year strategic plan 2008/2009-2017/2018, our research priorities have been aligned along five major areas which I have no doubt will bring us closer to achieving our vision of a market-responsive, client-oriented and demand driven national agricultural research system comprising public and private institutions working in tandem for sustainable economic growth of Uganda.

Our research activities are under pinned by:
Implementation of Client and impact-oriented, market-responsive agricultural sector research agenda

Improving Capacity and efficiency of public and private agricultural sector research service provider teams to respond to client needs and market opportunities.

Enhancing and strengthening infrastructural and financial sustainability capacities to support and facilitate agricultural research

Strengthening mechanisms for contributing to agricultural research sector policy formulation and development.

Implementing quality assurance procedures in the NARS

Significant inroads have been made in the recent past notably the establishment of linkages with policy makers, national, regional and international research organisations and networks, Research breakthroughs in growing of temperate fruits, Comprehensive training of most of our staff to PhD level, Generation and dissemination of over 150 technologies, innovations and management practices (TIMPs) for development activities, aimed at alleviating constraints in production, environment to mention a few.

I take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank all our partners for being so supportive to NAROs research, and the government of Uganda for its long term commitment and financial support. We look forward to working with you as key stakeholders to ensure that NARO continues to generate and disseminate appropriate safe and cost effective technologies for increased food, nutrition and income securities, while ensuring sustainability and environmental health.

Ambrose Agona