What is NARS

The National Agricultural Research ACT, 2005 provides for the development of an agricultural research system for Uganda, hereby referred to as the National Agricultural Research System (NARS), for the purpose of improving agricultural research services delivery, financing and management. The NARS means a cross section of stakeholders whether in public or private sector; and comprises of the organisation, public agricultural research institutes, universities and other tertiary institutions, farmer groups, civil society organisation, private sector and any other entity engaged in the provision of agricultural research services.

The NARS institutional framework encompass Public as well as Private sector institutions in implementing agricultural research, and promoting vertical and horizontal linkages with other national, regional and international institutions.

The NARS Objectives

The Objectives of agricultural research in Uganda are to:

  1. Transform agricultural production into a modern science-based market oriented agriculture capable of greater efficiency, profitability and of sustaining growth in the agricultural sector while contributing to poverty eradication;
  2. Promote agriculture and related industry for the purposes of contributing to the improvement of the quality of life and livelihoods of the people, having regard to the protection of the environment; and
  3. Support the development and implementation of national policy with relevant information and knowledge.

Goal of the NARS

The overall goal of the NARS is to address challenges presented in the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) strategy and National Agricultural Research Policy (NARP) principles to provide research services that address in a sustainable manner, the needs and opportunities of the majority poor.

Sub-Systems of NARS

  1. Public Research Institutes,
  2. Universities and other tertiary institutions,
  3. Private companies/private sector,
  4. Farmer organizations,
  5. Civil Society Organisations,
  6. Advisory Service Organizations,
  7. NARS Linkage Institutions – the regional and international organizations,
  8. Individuals.

Key attributes of NARS

  1. The harnessing of knowledge and skills on what needs to be done;
  2. Deciding who does the research, i.e. hiring research service providers (RSPs) and the direct accountability to them;
  3. Agreeing on the research agenda;
  4. The need for farmers to organize themselves in groups for collective action;
  5. Facilitating farmer investment into research;
  6. Recognition and utilization of farmers' own knowledge.

The Coordination Mechanism

  1. Governing semi-autonomous Apex body = NARO Council
  2. The Apex body with representatives from key Government departments & other stakeholder groups (farmers, concerned ministries & other PMA related sectors) Service provider agencies including NAADS
  3. Various Coordination Committees at District and regional/Zonal level with legal status & regulatory functions
  4. Secretariat for the Apex Body = NARO Council Secretariat Headed by the Director General.

The National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is the apex body for guidance and coordination of all agricultural research activities of the national agricultural research system in Uganda. NARO is a Public Institution established by an Act of Parliament which was enacted on 21st November 2005. It comprises of the council as its governing body, committees of the council as its specialized organs, a secretariat for its day-to-day operations with the semi-autonomous public agricultural research institutes (PARIs) under its policy guidance.

NARO has signed a memorandum of understanding Korea Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA). One of its PARIs the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) which is mandated to conduct research and provide services on soils, soil fertility management and agro-meteorology; Plant genetic resources, Post-harvest, Food biosciences, Biological control of pests and diseases ; biotechnology, mechanical engineering and agricultural research information. In pursuit of its tenets and in tandem with national interest in addressing issues of Agriculture NARO has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA) to improve develop and agricultural technologies. KOPIA would like to fill the following vacancies.

  • Excellence:
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  • Accountability:
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  • Market responsiveness: Respond to each market's need and wants.
  • Articulated demands
  • Enterprises based on competitive and comparative advantage
  • Integrity
  • Gender sensitive
  • Transparency
  • Client oriented
  • Environment

Background:

Formerly a rubber estate, the institute was acquired in 1934 from K. Borup, a Danish farmer. It became the headquarters of research division of the Department of Agriculture in 1937 with a mandate to conduct research on coffee, tea, cotton and native food crops. The 630 hectare station located13km north of Kampala became the hub for scientific investigations for African agriculture to make it more productive and economically viable.

The institute has undergone several transformations both in naming and core research mandates and activities over the years. Currently, it is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs established by the NAR Act 2005) under the dispensation of the National Agricultural Research organization.

Our Mandate

Conducting research and providing services on soils, agro-meteorology and Environment; bananas; biosystems and agricultural engineering; food science and agribusiness; and biodiversity and biotechnology

Our Goal:  Agricultural productivity and household incomes increased through use of improved technologies and practices

The law provides for the establishment of Public Agricultural Research Institutes as semi-autonomous agencies under the policy guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organisation for the purpose of providing agricultural research services.
  1. A public agricultural research institute is autonomous in its operations relating to the implementation of its programmes, allocation and management of its resources in accordance with its approved annual programmes and budget as approved by the council.
  2. A Public Agricultural Research Institute is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue or be sued in its own name and do things as body corporate may lawfully do.
  3. A Public Agricultural Research Institute is under the general supervision of its management committee.
  4. Public Agricultural Research Institutes are of two categories
•    National Agricultural Research Institutes
•    Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institutes
In addition to the functions prescribed as Agricultural Research Providers, the specific functions of a public agricultural research institute as prescribed by the law are as follows—

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About the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL)

  • Welcome message from the Director
  • Research Programmes:
  • Core Values of NARL

Background:

Formerly a rubber estate, the institute was acquired in 1934 from K. Borup, a Danish farmer. It became the headquarters of research division of the Department of Agriculture in 1937 with a mandate to conduct research on coffee, tea, cotton and native food crops. The 630 hectare station located13km north of Kampala became the hub for scientific investigations for African agriculture to make it more productive and economically viable.

The institute has undergone several transformations both in naming and core research mandates and activities over the years. Currently, it is one of the six National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs established by the NAR Act 2005) under the dispensation of the National Agricultural Research organization.

Our Mandate

Conducting research and providing services on soils, agro-meteorology and Environment; bananas; biosystems and agricultural engineering; food science and agribusiness; and biodiversity and biotechnology

Our Goal:  Agricultural productivity and household incomes increased through use of improved technologies and practices

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  Research Programmes:

Implementation of activities is organized in five research programmes and an information and documentation unit supported by an administration unit:

  • Soils, Agro-meteorology and Environment Research Programme,
  • Banana Research Programme,
  • Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Research Programme,
  • Food Biosciences and Agribusiness Research Programme,
  • Biodiversity and Biotechnology Programmes.

Hosted institutions:

  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  •   International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  •   Korean Project on International Agriculture (KOPIA)
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Core Values of NARL:

  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Market responsiveness
  • Client oriented
  • Demand driven
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Gender sensitivity
  • Transparency
  • Environment consciousness

Institute expected outputs

NARL’s activities are premised on the following outputs:

  • Tools, recommendations and technologies for improved soil and water management, sustainable land use and resilience to climate change
  • Improved banana varieties and other technologies for enhancing banana productivity and utilization
  • Technologies and practices that enhance conservation and utilization of genetic resources
  • Processes, systems and products that enhance market value of agricultural commodities
  • Biosystems and agricultural engineering products that improve agricultural production efficiency
  • Impact at specified sites created through multi-stakeholder innovation platforms
  • Information systems that support agricultural research and development
  • World class infrastructure and management systems that strengthen generation and promotion of outputs
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Vision

To be a centre of excellence generating and promoting appropriate agricultural technologies

Mission

To generate and promote agricultural technologies and improve productivity, value addition, income and food security

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