Donors who have funded our work at one point or the other include;

  • Department for International Development (DFID)
    European Union
    Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
    Gatsby Charitable Foundation
    German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
    International Development Research Center (IDRC)
    The Rockefeller foundation
    Uganda government
    United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Research partners

  • Association for Strengthening Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASERECA)
    CAB International International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
    Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)
    International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)
    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
    International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP)
    Makerere University
    Natural Resource Institute (NRI)
    Queensland University of Australia (QUT)
    Rahan Meristem (Israel)
    University of Ghent
    University of Reading ,UK

The National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is grateful to all of you


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article thumbnailFarmers in the East African Highlands, centred on Uganda, depend on bananas as a staple food crop and a source of income. The harvest, however, is threatened by many pests and diseases that also...
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The vast majority of the bananas currently grown and consumed were not conventionally bred but are selections made over probably thousands of years from naturally occurring hybrids. Cultivated bananas are very nearly sterile and as a consequence are not propagated from seed but rather through vegetative propagation, primarily suckers as well as more recently micropropagated or tissue cultured bananas. These factors, very old selections, near sterility and vegetative propagation, mean that these bananas have not been genetically improved either for resistance or improved quality and are becoming increasing in affected by serious pests and diseases.

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