NARI was established by an Act of National Parliament of PNG in July 1996 as a public funded, statutory research organization, to conduct and foster applied and adaptive research into:

  1. any branch of biological, physical and natural sciences related to agriculture;
  2. cultural and socioeconomic aspects of the agricultural sector, especially of the smallholder agriculture; and
  3. matters relating to rural development and of relevance to PNG.

Besides which, NARI is responsible for providing technical, analytical, diagnostic and advisory services and up-to-date information to the agriculture sector in PNG.

Following its establishment in 1996 and launch in 1997, the Institute was under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock but was brought under the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in 2002.


Prosperous Papua New Guinea (PNG) Agricultural Communities


To promote innovative agricultural development in Papua New Guinea through scientific research, knowledge creation and information exchange


NARI's purpose (strategic objective) is to accomplish enhanced productivity, efficiency, stability and sustainability of the smallholder agriculture sector in the country so as to contribute to the improved welfare of rural families and communities who depend wholly or partly on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Our logo and what it stands for

The letters NARI are initials for National Agricultural Research Institute.

The PEOPLE symbolizes those included in the mandate of NARI such as farmers, researchers, extension agents, partners, NGOs etc, backed with BLUE to encompass the sky and the macro environment.

The LEAF symbolises crops, backed with GREEN to depict the crop environment.

The PIG and CHICKEN heads symbolise livestock. The RED background portrays the toil and sweat of the people.