Following the PMA framework NARO will need to narrow its mandate on noncommercial crops with the private sector becoming responsible for research on commercial crops. Until now, however, the producer organizations have not been very willing to invest in agricultural research.
Uganda’s agricultural research is characterized by its high dependence on donor funding, but donor support to NARO is expected to decline substantially in the next few years.
Alternative funding sources have to be developed such as income generation and the sale of technologies, and consultancies. However, it is not expected that funds raised through these forms of revenues will be sufficient to counterbalance the decline of donor funding. One serious additional constraint for NARO is the relative low level of salaries it is offering, which has resulted in staff departures and low staff morale. This situation will not improve with lower total funding levels. In addition, funding through the commercialization of research has been limited in part because of the reluctance of existing producer organizations to commit funds to research.