Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo (MUARIK) is the arm of the university that interfaces with the National Agricultural research system (NARS). It is located 21 Km north of Kampala along Gayaza road. Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo farm was established in 1953, and upgraded to a fully-fledged research institute in 1992 under the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ School of Agricultural Sciences.
Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo departments include Agricultural Production, Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics and Agricultural Extension & Innovations.
Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo mission is to enhance the capacity of professionals and practitioners; disseminate knowledge and technologies for sustainable development of agricultural and agro-industrial sectors.
Vision: Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo vision is to be the leading center providing client-responsive, training and services for development of agriculture and agro-industry.
Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo on-going research include the potential of using sweet potatoes’ vines as fodder for livestock-by crop science department the use of municipal wastes as soil amendments-by soil science department +NARO+KCC use of icc for linking farmers-researchers-extension-private sector-policy markers
Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo also houses the center for continuing agricultural education (CAEC), the 3rd year B.Sc. Agricultural undergraduate student hostel and facilities for over 30 graduate students under the regional programmes. Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo has the quadruple mandate of research, training, production and outreach.
Mobilize and co-ordinate the Human Resource expertise especially on the critical needs for capacity and human resource development for agricultural modernization and development.
Design and implement short and medium term demand driven training programs for the public and private sector employees in agricultural related organization/businesses, as well as farmers.
Enhance the technical capacity and leadership of public and private sector Agricultural related organization/businesses through mid-career professional training programs, seminars, conferences workshops among other activities.
Appropriately package and produce information needed by extension staff, mid-career professionals and farmers to enhance their performance in delivery of services.
Be the inter-face between Makerere University, the local governments, private sector including Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the farming communities at large through collaborative implementation of training programs and development of resource materials for various stakeholders in the Agricultural sector.
Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo training and research facilities include; a library, laboratories, computer laboratories with internet services, gene bank, farm machinery and implements, carpentry and machinery workshops, a feed mill. Recreational facilities include football pitch, volleyball pitch and a pool table.