National Agricultural Research Institute
The National Agricultural Research Institute was established in 1993, by an act of parliament of the republic of The Gambia. NARI evolved from the department of agricultural research, of the then ministry of agriculture and natural resources. Today, NARI is a major component of The Gambian agricultural research system (NARS).
NARI comprises three main divisions:
- Research which is the scientific wing of the institute
- Finance & Administration, and
- Technical Support.
NARI maintains two main research stations, one in the eastern half of the country at Sapu in Central River Division (CRR) and the other in the western half at Yundum. In addition to these main stations, NARI operates in several satellite research stations countrywide. At the institute’s headquarters in Brikama, three laboratories for pest management, soil analysis, and food quality analysis respectively, are operational. NARI collaborates with International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs) that include the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria,
The Africa Rice Center / West Africa Rice Development Association (ARC/WARDA) in Cotonou, Benin, and the International Center for Research In the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Niamey, Niger.