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Who We Are

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) is one of the staff bureaus of the Department of Agriculture (DA) which was established to lead and coordinate the national agriculture and fisheries research and development (R&D) in the country. BAR is committed to consolidate, strengthen, and develop the agriculture and fisheries R&D system for the purpose of improving its effectiveness and efficiency by ensuring customer satisfaction and continuous improvement through work excellence, teamwork and networking, accountability and innovation.

Functions

As the DA central coordinating agency for research and development, it undertakes the following strategic and priority R&D thrusts, programs, and functions, to wit:

  • Promote the integration of research and development functions and enhance the participation of farmers, fisherfolk, the industry, and the private sector in the development of the national research, development and agenda;
  • Prepare and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive program of R&D to enhance, support, consolidate, and make full use of the capabilities of the interlinked National Research and Development System for Agriculture and Fisheries, including the review and rationalization of the roles, functions, and organization of the various agriculture and fisheries national research, development and extension institutions;
  • Set policies in agriculture and fishery national research and development in order to ensure sustainable food security, alleviate poverty, promote people empowerment, agricultural productivity and development and promote internationally competitive agribusiness and fishery sector;
  • Formulate policies for the operationalization and continued strengthening of the institutional capacities, efficiency, effectiveness and integration of the national research and development system, including the setting up of M&E system for the effectiveness and efficiency of its various components;
  • Create committees, TWGs and Commodity Teams to facilitate the accomplishments of its objectives;
  • Take the lead in drafting national research and development plans and programs for the NaRDSAF; and
  • Set policies on the relations and exchange between Philippine and international institutions on agriculture and fisheries national research and development, and approve the allocation of funds from national as well as foreign sources for national research and development programs.

R&D Programs

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is an essential and innovative tool that can be utilized by the agriculture and aquaculture sectors to address pressing difficulties and explore opportunities in the several stages of value chain. Seeing the potential of agri- and aqua-biotechnology, BAR has been supporting the Department of Agriculture's Crop, Animal and Fisheries Biotechnology R&D Program through the DA-Biotechnology Program Office (BPO) in funding priority R&D projects and activities of the various DA agencies and other stakeholders including the NAST, state universities and colleges, and private organizations.

Organic Agriculture

The Bureau of Agricultural Research as mandated by Section 20. Research, Development and Extension of RA10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 is the lead agency to coordinate with other agencies of the DA, DAR, DOST, DepEd, DILG, SUCs, including private organizations to develop, enhance, support and consolidate activities and related technologies for the formulation and implementation of a unified and integrated organic agriculture plans and programs from the national level down to field level.

Basic and Strategic Researches

The Bureau of Agricultural Research has been supporting and prioritizing researches that focus on the improvement and continuous updating of the agriculture and fisheries information bank for further advancement of knowledge, as well as researches that focus on the generation, verification, and dissemination of technologies that contribute in addressing national and local challenges and opportunities in the agriculture and fisheries sector. From 2011-2015, the Research and Development, Extension Agenda and Programs served as reference document in the prioritization and direction setting of researchable areas in the sector for the medium term.

Climate Change

The program aims to inventory, generate and disseminate adaptive tools, technologies, and practices, which users can readily use through the extension services of the country, while research will pursue new tools and knowledge in partnership with the scientific community. It is anchored on two pillars: mitigation and adaptation, with adaptation as the anchor strategy and mitigation measures as a function of adaptation.

Corn and Cassava

Corn has been traditionally consumed directly for food; native varieties for its flint and glutinous type. In order to cope with the present and expected effects of climate change CGUARD aims to develop populations and varieties that can survive, give profitable yield and adaptation traits to support sustainable production. The continuous cultivation of the native corn varieties can come up with a good eating quality corn and resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses

CPAR

The Community-based Participatory Action Research or CPAR is one of the approaches developed by the Bureau of Agricultural Research to ensure the transfer and adoption of technologies from research to the farmers' utilization. The program is focused on contributing towards attaining a strengthened research and development-extension linkage in the country by studying and promoting technological interventions at the field/community level.

High Value Crops

The program essentially aims to facilitate and harmonize development intervention in strategic production areas, deliver appropriate services, promote access to local and international market and ensure proactive management actions on the demand and supply situation.

Knowledge Product & Services

The Knowledge Products and Services Program (KPSP) serves as the information hub of the bureau. The KPSP enhances the flow of agricultural and fisheries information intended for the widely use of its stakeholders. The Program is categorized into the two modalities, Knowledge Management (KM) and Scientific Publication Grant (SPG), and is being administered by the Applied Communication Division (ACD).

NTCP

NTCP highlights research and development (R&D) breakthroughs and appropriate technologies that could improve and develop agriculture- and fisheries-related industries for the benefit of all stakeholders of the DA. NTCP ensures the transformation of agriculture and fisheries from a resource-based to technology-based interventions. Attention is given to strengthening a market-driven approach.

Rice

DA-BAR's Rice R&D program will support and coordinate the implementation of various R&D activities to develop innovation and interventions contributory to the DA National Rice Program strategic direction.

IDG

The program aims to enhance the capabilities of the NaRDSAF member institutions to efficiently and effectively implement and manage R&D programs/activities in agriculture and fisheries. This improves the quality of research outputs through state-of-the-art laboratory equipment in the international arena.