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KARI envisions a vibrant commercially oriented agricultural sector, propelled by innovative technologies, knowledge and approaches that respond to demands and opportunities.


To contribute, together with its partners, agricultural innovations and knowledge towards improved livelihoods and commercialization of agriculture through increasing productivity and fostering value-chains while conserving the environment.

Core Values

  • creativity and innovation for development in a proactive manner
  • whole value-chain encompassing the research-to-development continuum
  • commitment to impact, particularly at farm level
  • quick responsiveness to clients, including policy makers, partners and collaborators, staff and particularly the farming community and producers
  • client-driven technology development to enhance appropriateness and adoption
  • partnerships and team work in research for development
  • cost-effectiveness and efficiency in application of human, physical and financial resources
  • transparency and accountability in application of all resources and implementation of research activities
  • developing and nurturing professionalism at work

Strategic Goals

  • Integrated crop value chains 2 fostering commercialisation of agricultural enterprises
  • Integrated livestock value chains fostering commercialisation of agricultural enterprises
  • Sustainable and integrated management of natural resources for agricultural production
  • Institutional arrangements for enhancing concerted action for development and uptake of technologies and innovations
  • Capacity and competence building for integrated agricultural research for development

Research Programmes

  • Food crops research on cereals, root and tuber crops, legumes and pulses.
  • Horticultural and industrial crops research on flowers, vegetables, fruits, fibre crops, herbs and spices
  • Animal production and range research on dairy, beef, small ruminants, poultry, pigs, pastures and fodder crops, and range
  • Animal health research on livestock diseases.
  • Socioeconomics and biometrics for crop, livestock and natural resources including impact assessment, priority setting, market and policy research.
  • Land and water management which includes soil fertility, survey and conservation; vegetation survey; agroforestry, irrigation and drainage Biotechnology research for crops and livestock improvement including development of livestock vaccines and diagnostic kits.
  • The Kenya Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Programme (KASAL) focusing on developing site specific agricultural technologies for farmers and livestock keepers in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands.

Cross cutting non-research programmes

  • Foundations Seed and Germplasm conservation
  • Agricutural Research and Investiment Services (ARIS)
  • Agricultural Technology and Information Response Initiative (ATIRI)
  • Information and documentation services focusing on information technology and content delivery, organisation, repackaging, marketing, maintenance and archiving.

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