The KALRO Non-Ruminant Research Institute (NRI) was created under the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act of 2013. The Institute's main focus is to develop improved technologies that will support the upgrading and commercialization of the various non-ruminant value chains including poultry, pigs and emerging livestock. Upgrading these value chains will lead to wealth creation, food and nutritional security for all the players.

The Institute will conduct focused research on pigs, poultry, rabbits and other emerging livestock with a potential for commercial farming. In the past, these animals did not receive adequate attention in research and development. These animals have proved to be highly prolific with high returns and have great potential to contribute to food security, income generation and poverty alleviation.