Develop and disseminate appropriate agricultural technologies in collaboration with stakeholders to contribute to sustainable improvement in the livelihoods of Kenyan citizens by increasing agricultural productivity, post-harvest value of agricultural crop and livestock products and conserving the environment.
KALRO Food Crops Research institute has the mandate to develop and promote staple food crops technologies in 47 counties of Kenya. To undertake this task seven FCRI centres are responsible that is KALRO ECRI Kitale, KALRO FCRI Njoro, KALRO FCRI Embu, KALRO FCRI Alupe, KALRO FCRI Kisii, KALRO FCRI Muguga, KALRO FCRI Kabete.
To be a global competitive agricultural Institute in Food Crops Research
To contribute to generation and dissemination Food Crops knowledge, innovative technologies and services that respond to clientele demands, for sustainable livelihoods
FCRI Institute Programmes objectives
The activities of the institute are guided by the following objectives
- To develop, disseminate and promote cereal crops (maize, wheat, sorghum millets and grain amaranth) varieties, their seed production and attendant integrated crop management packages suitable all ecozones of Kenya.
- To develop, disseminate and promote root and tuber crop (sweetpotato, cassava, potato, yam, arrow root) varieties, their seed conservation and attendant integrated crop management packages suitable all ecozones of Kenya.
- To develop, disseminate and promote legume grain crops (beans, peas, soyabean) varieties and attendant integrated crop management packages suitable all ecozones of Kenya.
- To develop, validate, disseminate and catalyze the adoption of postharvest and food nutrition technologies suitable for enhancing the health of households of various ecozones.
- To develop, validate, disseminate and catalyze the adoption of sustainable Natural resource management technologies (carbon credits, minimum and zero tillage, rotational agriculture, soil and water management, suitability mapping) in the different ecozones of Kenya.
- To develop, validate, disseminate and catalyze the adoption of improved crop protection technologies responding to dynamic surges of invasive and emergent insect (millipede epidemics, army worms, locusts), disease (MLN, wheat stem rust), birds (quelea quelea) and weed ( pests vibrantly, innovatively through monitoring and surveillance and affective and action based approaches.
- To link biophysical research to stakeholders for socio-economic understanding of farming systems, prioritization of constraints and documentation of impacts.
- To catalyse, disseminate and promote FCRI developed technologies in partnership with stakeholders
The value chains and cross cutting research programs addressed include:
- Cereal crops (Maize, Wheat, Rice, Barley, Sorghum, Millets)
- Root & Tuber (Sweet potato, Cassava, Yams, arrow roots)
- Legume crops (Beans, Grams, Pigeon peas)
- Natural ressources management (Soil fertility and climate change)
- Crop protection (Pathology and Entomology)
- Food science
- Technology transfer
- Analytical Soil Laboratory services
- Analytical Pathology Services
- Analytical Insect identification
alytical mycotoxin assessment