KALRO makes a significant contribution to the National Economy through advancements in agricultural development. To achieve its mandate, KALRO is guided by the Kenya Constitution, Act of Parliament, Policies and Strategies of Agriculture, the latest being the Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy and International and Regional strategies Vision 2030. Kenya’s economic development blueprint, expects agriculture to contribute significantly to the achievement of the targeted ten percent annual economic growth by 2030. The vision is anchored on the economic, political, and social pillars (Government of Kenya, 2007). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States, including Kenya, in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. KALRO’s mission is to conduct agricultural research through the application of science, technology, and innovation to catalyze sustainable growth. In this endeavor, KALRO’s strategic plan for 2017-2022 has identified five key areas of focus. These are:
- Technologies and innovations for agricultural value chains (VC) are generated.
- Knowledge, information, and technologies are collated, stored, and shared.
- Organization capacities and resource management are strengthened. Systems for research coordination, prioritization, and regulation were developed and implemented.
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