At the heart of cashew, oilseeds and Roots and Tubers crops research.
NARI is one of seven agricultural research zonal centers in Tanzania under the Ministry of Agriculture, and Food Security. It covers two regions and one district in the south eastern corner of Tanzania i.e. Mtwara, Lindi and Tunduru District in Ruvuma Region. It was established in 1970 and entrusted with a mandate to conduct agricultural research that addresses the needs and aspirations of the farmers, particularly improved crop productivity and quality. NARI coordinates Cashew,Oilseed and roots and tubers crops at National level and collaborates within and outside Tanzania in verifying research outputs.
NARI is one of the world leaders in Cashew research, boasting of a research database that could be useful not only to Eastern and Central Africa, but to a wider audience, including researchers from other countries interested in cashew.
To conduct agricultural research that addresses the needs and aspirations of the farmers; particularly improved crop productivity and quality of Cashew,Oilseeds and Roots and Tubers crops for better livelihood of the farming communities while conserving the environment.