To contribute effectively to the transformation of the agricultural sector, NARO strives to create a sustainable and self-driving agricultural research and innovation system. Thus in the next 10 years NARO will focus her research and innovation efforts on four broad results:
Strategic Result 1: Increased niche markets for communities in agricultural sector.
a) Increasing product intensification and diversification. NARO will re-focus the research agenda towards market-oriented product development. It will involve identification of stakeholders’ demands, understanding the markets, increasing access to market information, increasing product development and value addition.
b) Increasing market oriented production. NARO will contribute to stimulation of commercial production through provision of industry and market-oriented varieties, breeds, prototypes, protocols and practices.
Strategic Result 2: Increased research products and services suited for industry.
a) Creating increased demand for NARO products by industry. NARO will generate competitive products and services and put in place quality assurance mechanisms.
b) Increasing Innovations. NARO will increase support for innovation, technology incubation and techno-entrepreneurship development. The support will involve provision of sustainable funding mechanisms, adequate infrastructure, human resource development and enabling policy framework.
c) Increasing public private partnerships. This will be achieved through creating effective partnerships with industry for joint technology development and promotion. NARO will also increase engagement with other commodity value chain actors.
Strategic Result 3: Communities increasingly using improved agricultural technologies and innovations.
a) Increasing availability of improved technologies and information. The focus is to improve access to improved technologies and innovations by communities. This will require increased generation of gender-responsive, relevant and novel technologies for various strata of users including urban population; increased production of early generation seed and prototypes; and increased technology incubation.
b) Enhancing conservation and harnessing genetic resources. NARO recognizes importance of indigenous genetic resources and will therefore intensify efforts to protect, preserve and conserve genetic resources. Bio-prospecting will be enhanced to increase new products on the market and widen the use of genetic resources.
c) Enhancing Natural Resource Management. Natural resources are the basis on which agricultural technological innovations are built. NARO will continue to develop technologies, innovations and management practices that enhance environmental resilience and sustainability of natural resources.
d) Increasing uptake of technologies and innovations. This entails NARO directing efforts to increasing access to technology information and improving capacity of communities to use technologies and innovations.
Strategic Result 4: Institutional Orientation to Agricultural Transformation.
a) Securing adequate and sustainable resources for research and development. This calls for increased and sustainable funding; enhanced governance and management; improved human resource capacity, improved research infrastructure and effective and sustainable partnerships and collaborations.
b) Developing and implementing transformational policies and processes. This entails: increased influence on policy formulation and implementation; reengineered processes for transformation; improved work culture; and strong and effective planning, monitoring, evaluation learning and reporting system.