The "New" NARO is an apex body created by the Act of Parliament in 2005 to coordinate, guide and oversee all aspects of agricultural research in Uganda.
  • It places emphasises on institutional arrangements that ensure increased responsiveness to farmer needs.
  • It has a Governing Council comprising 16 members drawn from the private sector, civil society organisations, universities, farmer groups and public research institutions to provide guidance and approve priorities and funding.
  • Through its secretariat based in Entebbe, it guides and coordinates publicly funded agricultural research activities undertaken by both public and private research service providers.
  • The bulk of public funding is in the form of grants and loans from development partners and the Government.
  • It is headed by a Director General and deputised by both the Director Research Coordination (DRC) and Director Quality Assurance (DQA).
  • It has newly appointed Directors and Chairpersons of Management Committees for the Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARIs).
  • It has Agricultural Research Competitive Grant Scheme (CGS) for both public and Non Public Agricultural Research Institutions (PARIs).
  • Both public and Non PARIs are involved in the provision of agricultural research services.
  • There is an established agricultural research forum for both public and Non PARIs.
  • There is a clear separation between funding and management of agricultural research activities.
  • The Public Agricultural Research Institutions (PARIs) are established as semi - autonomous bodies with powers to sue and be sued in their own rights.

About the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL)

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


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


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


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