Established and governed under the National Agricultural Research Act, 2005, the objects of National Agriculture Research (NAR) in Uganda are to:
- 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 reduction.
- Support the development and implementation of national policy with relevant information and knowledge
The specific mandate of NARO is to undertake, promote and coordinate research for crops, livestock, fish and forestry and to ensure the dissemination and application of research results. The main functions of NARO are to:
- Provide strategic direction for publicly funded agricultural research in Uganda and act as a forum for agricultural research in Uganda
- Coordinate and oversee, in collaboration with the National Council for Science and Technology and other lead agencies. The development, consolidation and implementation of agricultural research policy and national research strategies, plans and budgets relating to publicly funded agricultural research.
- Set national priorities and harmonise agricultural research activities of the national agricultural research system, constituent institutions and public agricultural research institutes, civil society organisations, private sectors and farmer organisations and promote delivery of quality and efficient agricultural research services.
- Coordinate and promote cooperation and collaboration between Uganda and other countries, institutions, scientific or professional societies and other agricultural research service providers with regards to agricultural research, development and technology transfer.
- Provide leadership and advocacy for the promotion, protection and development of agricultural research in Uganda.
NARO implements its mandate through nine institutions supported by a Secretariat. The institutions form the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and include:
- Makerere University Faculties and Institutes.
- Economic Policy Research Centre;
- Uganda Institute of Ecology;
- The private sector – especially large commodity companies and agro-processors;
- NGOs; and
- International Agricultural Research centres.
NARO is governed by a Council whose membership include representatives of farmers (including women and a person with disabilities); private sector representative; representative of the Uganda Non-governmental Organisations Forum; representatives of universities, public agricultural institutes and private agriculture research providers; representative of local authorities nominated by ULGA; Permanent Secretaries of MAAIF and MOFPED; the Director General of NAADS; the Executive Director, NAADS; and the Executive Secretary of Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. The council has various Committees including for finance, scientific and users.
The Vision, the Mission and the Goal that guide the National Agricultural Research Organisation are derived from the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA),
“A farmer responsive research system that generates and disseminates problem-solving, profitable and environmentally sound technologies, knowledge and information on a sustainable basis”.
“The generation, adoption and dissemination of appropriate and demand-driven technologies, knowledge and information through an effective, efficient, sustainable, decentralised and well co-ordinated agricultural research system”.
“To enhance the contribution of agricultural research to sustainable agricultural productivity, economic growth, food security and poverty eradication through generation and dissemination of appropriate technologies, knowledge and information”.
The Objective of NARO is for the coordination and oversight of all aspects of agricultural research in Uganda.