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Geoffrey Arinaitwe

Research Unit: NBRP
Designation: Program Leader
Qualification: PhD
  • Kovács, Gabriella, László Sági, Géraldine Jacon, Geofrey Arinaitwe, Jean-Pierre Busogoro, Els Thiry, Hannelore Strosse, Rony Swennen, and Serge Remy. "Expression of a rice chitinase gene in transgenic banana (‘Gros Michel’, AAA genome group) confers resistance to black leaf streak disease." Transgenic research 22, no. 1 (2013): 117-130.
  • Bresnahan, Kara A., Sara A. Arscott, Harjeet Khanna, Geofrey Arinaitwe, James Dale, Wilberforce Tushemereirwe, Stephanie Mondloch, Jacob P. Tanumihardjo, Fabiana F. De Moura, and Sherry A. Tanumihardjo. "Cooking enhances but the degree of ripeness does not affect provitamin A carotenoid bioavailability from bananas in Mongolian gerbils." The Journal of nutrition 142, no. 12 (2012): 2097-2104.
  • Arinaitwe, Geofrey. "An improved Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method for banana and plantain (Musa spp.)." (2008).
  • Kiggundu, A., G. Arinaitwe, W. Tushemereirwe, F. A. Shotkoski, and L. Tripathi. "Role of biotechnology and transgenics in bananas (Musa Spp.) in Africa." In IV International Symposium on Banana: International Conference on Banana and Plantain in Africa: Harnessing International 879, pp. 275-279. 2008.
  • Sadik, Kassim, Geofrey Arinaitwe, Patrick R. Rubaihayo, and Settumba B. Mukasa. "TDZ and 4-CPPU Induce Embryogenic Response on Scalps of Recalcitrant East African Highland Banana." Journal of Agricultural Science 7, no. 8 (2015): 215.
Research Interest:
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Banana Breeding
  • MAS
  • Agribusiness
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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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