Agricultural research and technological development are central
to enhancing productivity, food security, economic growth, and
improving livelihoods. The government of Uganda through the
National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is committed to
improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Agricultural
Research System (NARS).
Over the years NARO has contributed to agricultural productivity
and development as well as food and nutrition security in the country
through generation of various agricultural technologies and products.
In the current knowledge based economy, intellectual property drives
economic growth and fosters partnership between research and
industry for generation and commercialization of innovations. NARO,
therefore, recognises the growing importance of Intellectual Property
(IP) in agricultural research activities and institutionalising it.
I am pleased to present this NARO Intellectual Property Policy. The
policy aims to promote effective management of intellectual property
and provide a robust institutional framework that harnesses creativity
and ensures research sustainability.
I appeal to you to read and internalize this policy for effective
application and its implications in research procedures and activities
in NARO and the partners.
Finally, on behalf of NARO, I congratulate the Director General, the
taskforce team and all NARO staff and stakeholders for contributing
to the development of this policy.
Prof. Joseph Obua
NARO Governing Council