Board

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act, 2013 vests the management of the organisation in a Board, consisting of 13 members. These are:

i)
A Chairperson appointed by the President;
ii)
The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for Agriculture;
iii)
The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for Finance;
iv)
The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for Environment;
v)
The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for Livestock;
vi)
The Principal Secretary for the time being responsible for Co-operative Development;
vii)
The Secretary to the Science Council appointed under paragraph 6 of the Second Schedule to the Science and Technology Act;
viii)
One person with experience in agricultural research nominated by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and appointed by the Cabinet Secretary;
ix)
Four persons appointed by the Cabinet Secretary, of whom-
a) One person to represent farmers interests;
b) One vice-chancellor from a university that conducts agricultural research; and
c) Two persons co-opted by the Board who may be noncitizen scientists in the field of agriculture and possess such knowledge and experience as may be necessary for the better carrying out of the functions of the Board; and
x)
The Director General appointed in accordance with section 14 of the KALR Act.

The Functions of the Board are:

i)
Carry out the objects and functions of the organisation;
ii)
Advise the Cabinet Secretary on matters of policy relating to agricultural research;
iii)
Oversee the effective co-ordination of the operations of the organization;
iv)
Ensure that the activities of the organisation are consistent with the policy and objectives of the Government, and the national priorities relating to agriculture and agricultural research;
v)
Approve, oversee and evaluate on a continuing basis the programs being implemented by the Organisation;
vi)
Direct strategic research and policy and prioritise and determine the research agenda;
vii)
Co-operation with other lead agencies and organizations in carrying out agricultural research;
viii)
Development of an economic, efficient and cost effective internal management structure, strategic and annual plan of the Organisation;
ix)
Implementation and fulfilment of the polices and agreed objectives, performance targets and service standards of the Organisation;
x)
Provision of advice as required on all matters within the responsibility of the Organisation; and
xi)
Perform such other functions as may be necessary for the exercise of its powers and functions under the KALR Act.