National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) is one of 16 semi-autonomous Agricultural Public Research Institutes established for the purposes of providing agricultural research services under the policy guidance of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO).
- A sustainable and competitive livestock sector offering numerous profitable employment opportunities and nourishing animal food demands of Ugandans.
- To enhance sustainable utilization of appropriate livestock research outputs for improved livelihoods of Ugandans.
- The National Livestock Resources Research Institute (NaLIRRI) owes its origins to the colonial era when the East African Trypanosomiasis Research Organisation (EATRO) was founded in 1956 with a mandate to conduct research on Tsetse flies and Trypanosomiasis in both human and animals across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania under the jurisdiction of the East African Common Services Organisation which later became the East African Community.
- EATRO was eventually handed over to Uganda Government in 1977 after the collapse of the East African Community and was renamed Uganda Trypanosomiasis Research Organisation (UTRO). UTRO was mandated to conduct research on tsetse ﬂies, human and animal Trypanosomiasis in Uganda. In 1992, UTRO was merged with the then Animal Health Research Centre at Entebbe to form Livestock Health Research Institute (LIRI) to handle livestock health and theriogenology, including, sleeping sickness in man.
- The National Agricultural Research Act 2005 of Uganda established a National Agricultural Research System (NARS) for Uganda comprising of semi-autonomous National Agricultural Research institutes to manage and conduct strategic agricultural research. The Act mandates NaLIRRI as the public agricultural research institute responsible for research and related services in Livestock Health, Nutrition, Breeding, Socio-economics, Marketing and Apiculture.
- A number of research outputs have been generated by the various research programmes These include products, strategies, protocols, tools, techniques, contribution to knowledge and science through provision of technical information to enhance management, and making publications in various forums.
- The Institute headquarters and main facilities are situated on 777 hectares of land 10 km south of Tororo along Tororo-Busia road. The Institute has satellite stations at Nakyesasa (Wakiso District), Lugala (Namayingo District) and Serere (Serere District).
- The Advisory Committee advises NaLIRRI management team on issues of policy and ensures strategic focus and direction. The management team responsible for implementing approved policies, strategies and supervising the day-to-day operations includes the Director, Human Resource and Administrative Ofﬁcer, Finance Ofﬁcer, Internal Auditor, Procurement Officer and Four (4) Programme Leaders heading the research functions, namely; Apiculture, Livestock Nutrition, Livestock Health and Livestock Breeding.