About Us

The Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IARD) of the University of Port Harcourt was one of the academic units approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria for the University at its inception in 1975. However, the IARD was only to be established in 1982; seven years after the NUC approval. The process of making the new IARD commenced in 2010. Presently, programmes and activities of the Institute have been reviewed in line with current scientific, economic and social realities in the Niger Delta and global best practices. As a result, the ongoing research of the IARD centers around the new vision, mission and core values targeted at rebranding the Institute as the preferred agricultural research, training and development institute in the Niger Delta region and beyond.


IARD Mandate

Tackle the problems of agriculture and rural development of the Niger Delta of Nigeria, so as to develop the agricultural potentials of the region.



To be the preferred agricultural institute where animal, crop, fisheries and forestry research, training, extension services and development are conducted in a sustainable manner based on global best practices.


Mission Statement

To develop and propagate improved relevant innovative agricultural, fisheries, forestry and environmental management technologies in synergy with indigenous practices in the Niger Delta, thereby contribute to attainment of the strategic national and international goals for poverty reduction, food security and sustainable environmental management.


Core Values

We ensure professionalism, integrity, excellence, and dedication in what we do.


Statement of Goal

Continuous reorganization and rebranding to, effectively, carry out institutional mandate in a world of globalization and changing climate.


Overall Research Goal

To mitigate the challenges of agriculture as they affect peasants and small-scale farmers in the Niger Delta region and beyond.


Medium-Term Objectives

  • To enhance research capacity building for a more holistic institutional development.
  • To develop strategies for proactive sourcing of research grants, scholarships and fellowships.
  • To engage in and maintain collaboration and strategic partnership with public and private institutions with similar goal and vision.
  • To initiate and sustain academic programmes (certificate; professional certificate; short courses).



Generally, the Institute possesses research competence in fish farming, rice cultivation, propagation of indigenous food crops, vegetables and local spices, farming systems, agroforestry, non-timber products and wildlife interventions. Other areas are poultry and livestock production, exploitation of underutilized animal and plant species, agricultural pests and diseases control, food processing and preservation, extension and outreach programmes, and environmental management.


Research Programmes of the IARD

The seven research programmes of the Institute with their, respective, research focus are as listed below.



Research Focus


Value addition and quality assurance

Investigation on qualitative enhancement of agricultural products to export standard


Climate change and food security

Research on climate change and its impacts on agriculture, food and nutrition security


Food safety and biosecurity

Studies on contamination of feed and food produce and their health implications in Niger Delta


Integrated pest management

Biorational control of pests of indigenous, animals, crops and stored farm produce


Agroresource and biodiversity

Studies on smallholder crop and livestock farming systems, agroforestry, wildlife, and hatchery propagation of two fish species (Lutjanus goreensis and Gymnarchus niloticus)of commercial value


Farmer-First Outreach

Promoting farmer-centered interventions for effective extension and outreach from research


Sustainable Energy and Resource Efficiency Technologies

Effective utilization of green energy and development of technologies for resource use efficiency


Academic Programmes

The Institute shall run one-year certificate courses, four-month intensive professional certificate programmes, and two to three weeks short courses in the various areas of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to meet the low, medium and top levels manpower needs of the Niger Delta region and beyond. Please, revisit our website shortly for details on the available courses and their entry requirements.


Target Audience

Young school leavers, smallholder farmers, rural and urban farmers, youths, women, retired civil and public servants, workers from government and nongovernmental agencies, and others who may have a desire to update their knowledge to improve.


IARD Partners and Collaborators

a)    Current Partners and Collaborators

  1. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement, The Netherlands.
  2. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
  3. The African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), Nairobi, Kenya.
  4. Rumu-Ihuodu Farmers Cooperative Society, Elibrada-Emohua, Rivers State, Nigeria.
  5. Food Development Centre (FDC), Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI), Canada.
  6. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
  7. Regional Centre, Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Orissa, India.


b)    Other Bodies Being Explored for Partnerships and Collaborations

  1. World Fish
  2. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  3. Bioversity International
  4. National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI)
  5. National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI)
  6. National Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR)
  7. Washington State University, USA
  8. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
  9. Galilee International Management Institute, Israel
  10. United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  11. International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED)
  12. Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin
  13. and others that may be identified on needs basis.


Contact Details:

Professor Anthony O. Onoja

Director, Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IARD)

University of Port Harcourt, Choba

PMB 5323, Port Harcourt, Rivers State



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