Objectives and Vision


To become an internationally recognized centre of excellence for training and offering demand-driven research.


To provide an enabling environment that will attract and maintain high caliber crop scientists for sustainable food systems. 


We have 12 major goals through which we intend to fulfil this mission.  These are:

  • Development of crops that have high water-use efficiency (drought-tolerance), are high yielding, early maturing, and high consumer acceptability.
  • Development of environmentally compatible strategies for the efficient management of pests and diseases.
  • Developing of cropping systems for food and value-added products, which are compatible with environment safeguard.
  • Advancement of biotechnological innovations in improved crop development.
  • Identification, development and application of advances in science and technology leading to improved production of safe and nutritious food.
  • Playing a strong and key advocacy role in technology transfer to agriculture and the food industry.
  • Training of competent and highly motivated graduates of  careers in agriculture, food and environmental science, and capable of making significant contributions to the national effort in crop production, and to foster in these graduates life-long habits of leadership, innovation and extension service delivery.
  • Development of low-cost, high intensity modified Hydroponics systems for small and urban farm production.
  • Continuous review of curricular and developing demand-driver research and extension linkages
  • Assisting governments and other Stakeholders in developing agriculture policies that will facilitate and enhance increased agricultural productivity.
  • Organisation demand-driven short courses in various aspects of crop production and protection.
  • Dissemination of research findings through seminars, workshops and publications.