Makerere University Agricultural Research institute, Kabanyolo (MUARIK) is the arm of the university that interfaces with the National Agricultural research system (NARS). It is located 21 Km north of Kampala along Gayaza road. MUARIK farm was established in 1953 , and upgraded to a fully-fledged research institute in 1992 under the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences'' School of Agricultural Sciences. The departments in the school include Agricultural Production, Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics and Agricultural Extension & Innovations.

The institute also houses the center for continuing agricultural education (CAEC), the 3rd year B.Sc. Agricultural undergraduate student hostel and facilities for over 30 graduate students under the regional programmes. MUARIK has the quadruple mandate of research, training, production and outreach. Over the years, past glory in these areas diminished as the quantity and quality of service delivery declined. The reasons cited for this decline are variably many depending on the sectoral mandate. They range from declining funding to inefficient workforce. The following is a brief discussion of each mandate area. Research activities went down in number and in the last decade because most of the research activities of The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were donor driven with emphasis on farm activities. This picture has not changed much apart from work in biotechnology and animal science. Most of the ongoing research is by a few students with limited budget to work off station

Past efforts in agricultural training, research and outreach have not delivered the desired impacts of transforming the agricultural farming systems and contributing to the national development agenda of improving the livelihoods of communities. The three functions of training, research and outreach were largely de-linked using the linear research- extension-farmer model whereby research (NARO), EXTENSION (NAADS) and training (university) had limited opportunities for sharing knowledge and lessons. Reviews of these past models led to the development of the innovations systems approach (ISA) that emphasizes institutional linkages and interactions to share and create knowledge lessons. The ISA entails use of multi stake holder platforms and community engagement to identify research challenges that are addressed in holistic/ systemic and non-linear processes along value chains.