The Director, KARI
P.O.Box 57811, City Square,
NAIROBI, 00200, Kenya
Email: Resource.center@kari.org
Phone: +254-020-4183720Web:


Scientists involved in Grassnet:

Dr. Jane Wamuongo
Dr. Simon Kuria
Dr. Harun Warui
Mr. Samuel Mbuku
Mr. David Dub Golicha

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Structure: KARI was established as one of the premier national agricultural research organization in 1979. It´s headcount today amounts to 3500 employees including 500 researchers.

The institute has 22 main research centres and 14 sub-centres distributed countrywide and with different research mandates. These centres are strategically placed to cater for different agro-ecological zones and socio-economic systems.
Mission: “To contribute to increased productivity, commercialization and competitiveness of the agricultural sector through generation and promotion of knowledge, information and technologies that respond to clients’ demands and opportunities”
Main objectives: KARI´s fundamental role is research, Technology and knowledge generation.
Research: Research is undertaken in six areas: Crops; Livestock; Natural Resource Management; Biotechnology and Genetic Resource Management; Socio-Economics and Applied Statistics; and Adaptive Research, Outreach and Partnerships.

Research objectives are:

  1. Development and promotion of integrated crops product value chains
  2. Development and promotion of integrated livestock product value chains
  3. Enhancement of sustainable and integrated management of natural resources
  4. Enhancement of use of biotechnology and genetic resources management
  5. Enhancement of utilization of socio economic and applied statistics in research
  6. Enhancement of appropriate adaptive, outreach and partnerships methodologies and approaches.
KARI implements its research activities in collaboration with national and international research organizations. Research results and innovations are adaptively tested in farmers’ fields for biophysical and socioeconomic suitability. KARI also plays a role in catalyzing the uptake and out/up-scaling process and contributes to the country’s agricultural policy making process. Research conducted in its centres targets on the small holder farmers to ensure their food security. Strategies to cope with emerging climate change challenges have to be jointly developed and hence involvement of all actors within a given agricultural product value chain is given a lot of emphasis in the institute.