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.

FBA

  • Programme Overview
  • FBAP Research Projects
  • Key Achievements


About 80% of the Ugandans derive their livelihoods from Agriculture (crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry) and related activities. However, less than 30% of their agricultural produce are value-added into forms desired by consumers. Besides, the rate of migration from rural areas to urban centres is on the increase. It will be a challenge to meet the dietary requirements and demands of these migrants with a multiplicity of culinary food tastes if the food industry is not transformed from of the current status to the 2040 envisioned industrial level. The transformation can only be achieved through research and multi-sectorial development efforts.

FBA plays a vital role in the transformation process as it interfaces between primary agricultural producers and secondary or tertiary processors. The Program addresses researchable issues from farm to fork which include; safety of raw materials and final products, post-harvest handling and primary processing, transformation of raw materials into forms desired by consumers (value-addition), quality assurance systems, and storage options for agricultural produce at different segments of the respective value-chain. In addition, FBA nurtures innovative ideas from researchers into profitable business enterprises that create jobs and increases incomes through her incubation centre.

Currently, the food processing sector in Uganda is severely out-competed by cheap imports, hampered by irregular supply of high quality raw materials and low level of automated mechanization hence inefficient and uncompetitive. During harvest seasons characterized by glut, the post-harvest losses are unacceptably high which are further exacerbated by poor on-farm and en-route handling practices coupled with inappropriate facilities. Consequently, the desired quality attributes of agricultural produce are compromised which undermines the quality of the final products. In highly competitive high-value market space with fastidious consumers, low quality products are uncompetitive and inevitably fetch low prices. As a result, primary producers are caught in a cycle of poverty

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Project 1: Developing products and processes for enhanced nutrition, safety and commercial value of agricultural commodities

Specific expected outputs:

Safe, nutritious and low-cost products with commercializable potential for general and targeted consumers with specific dietary requirements.

Improved food processing systems for optimal utilization of agricultural produce including by-products

Predictive models and low-cost technologies for industrial effluent (waste management)

Project 2 : Development and promotion of technologies and processes that extend shelf life and storability of agricultural produce and their primary products.

Specific expected outputs:

Crop storage options (Storage models/ storage systems that respond to climate change ).

Low cost improved packaging options

Improved pieces of equipment and tools that reduce drudgery along value-chain

Technologies and processes that improve food preservation

Project 3: Development, adoption of technologies and practices that ensure safety of agricultural produce

Specific expected outputs:

Levels of chemical, microbiological and physical contaminants in raw agricultural produce and products.

Information to guide policy formulation on safety and quality of agricultural commodities and demonstration of due diligence in case of legal litigation.

Rapid test kits or protocols for detecting food contaminants and adulterants in foods.

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Project 4: Enhancing commercialization of agricultural research innovations through incubation

Specific expected outputs:

An equipped agri-business incubation center offering services to technology innovators, business incubators and the private sector

Profitable business enterprises from nurtured innovative ideas

A network of satellite incubators in different regions of Uganda

A repository knowledge center for global technology and information

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Novel safe and nutritious products

Storage options and shelf-life prolongation

Safety of agricultural produce and products

Agri-business enhancement through incubation process

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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

Services

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