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National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) is one of 16 semi-autonomous Agricultural Public Research Institutes established for the purposes of providing livestock research services under the policy guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO).

Vision: A sustainable, productive and competitive livestock sector offering profitable employment and nourishing nutritional demands of Ugandans.

Mission: To improve productivity of Uganda’s livestock sector through generation, and promotion of efficient, cost-effective and safe technologies and innovations.

Mandate: To generate and transfer technologies and knowledge in areas of:

  • Animal health, including aquatic animal health
  • Animal breeding including theriogenology
  • Animal nutrition
  • Apiculture
  • Socio-economics
  • Emerging issues e.g. Avian influence, swine flu, Napier stunt disease

Core values

  • Public interest,
  • Ethical behavior, transparency and accountability
  • Research relevance
  • Team spirit and recognition

Strategic goal: Improve livelihoods of Ugandans through increased livestock productivity

Accomplishments

In the period 2005 – 2010 a number of research outputs have been generated by the various research areas.  These include products, strategies, protocols, tools, techniques, contribution to knowledge and science through provision of technical information to enhance management, and making publications in different forums.  These outputs are detailed in NaLIRRI’s May 2010 Dossier of Research Outputs 2000-2010.

Legal status

NaLIRRI is a semi-autonomous agency established by act of Parliamentary for purposes of providing agricultural research services under the policy guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO). NaLIRRI’s operational autonomy relates to implementation of programmes, resources allocation and management in accordance with approved annual programmes and budget as approved by the Management Committee (MC), its governing body.

Organisation structure and operations

NaLIRRI’s governing board is the Management Committee appointed by the Minister responsible for agriculture, animal and fisheries resources. MC formulates the policy of the Institute, ensures strategic focus and oversees its management. The management team responsible for implementing approved policies and strategies and supervising day-to-day operations includes the Director, Human Resource and Administrative Officer, Finance Officer, Internal Auditor and 5 Senior Scientists heading the research functions, namely Animal Nutrition, Apiculture, Animal Health, Animal Production and Cross-cutting Socio-economic Issues.  The detailed organisation structure of the Institute is presented in Appendix 2.

A workforce totalling 76 staff members (22 females, 54 males) comprises 24 scientists (7 females, 17 males), 17 technicians (6 females, 11males) and 35 support staff (9 females, 26 males). Of the scientists, 10 have PhD, 10 MSc and 4 BSc degrees.

Key areas of research and expertise

Scientific staff are distributed across 5 research disciplines including animal health 23 (6 females 17 males), animal nutrition 8 (4 females, 4 males), animal breeding 5 (1 female, 4 males), apiculture 2 (1 female, 1 male) and socio-economics 2 (1 female, 1 male).

Support services

Supporting departments include Administration, Finance and Audit. Staff distribution is as follows: Administration 31 (7 females, 24 males), Finance 4 (2 females, 2 males) and audit 1 (male). 

Geographic Location: The Institute headquarters and main facilities are situated on 777 hectares of land 10 km south of Tororo along Tororo-Busia road. The Institute has satellite stations at Nakyesasa (Wakiso District), Lugala (Namayingo District) and Serere (Serere District).