Kenya Agricultural Research Institute is a center for research on various agricultural fields in kenya including crops, livestock and forestry and the effects of the climate change on crops, and livestock as well as the environment. This research center is located in the outskirts of Kakamega town opposite Golf club play ground. It is the largest agricultural research institute that serves western region of Kenya.
The main mission of this research center is to carry out research on the various crops and livestock species. It employs technology in its operations so as to achieve high production as well as training and educating the farmers on the best methods and the type of crops and livestock to invest in while at the same time advocating for conservation of the environment; through re-afforestation, and conservation of the endangered tree species such as, podo, Meru oak etc.
The Kenya Agricultural research Institute at Kakamega is an important asset to both farmer and other businessmen in the western and rift valley regions. It provides agricultural advice to farmers on various methods of farming including the best species of crops and livestock to be grown and kept respectively. Farmers also benefit from free High yield seeds using given out during the institute exhibitions day as well as the best methods to practice in order to conserve the environment. Some of the commonly research researched crops in this center are: cassava, maize, banana, avocado, millet, sweet potatoes, pawpaw, onions and beans. In addition to these, dairy cattle farming form part of the most important research that takes place in the center.
KARI Kakamega is one of the resourceful institutions in western region where researchers and students gain skills, knowledge as well as experience. Most students from various institutions of learning get attached to this center for the purpose of gaining extra skills and experience in their profession. The center provides a conducive environment for learning as far as practical are concerned. In addition, researchers are given opportunity to work on their projects on various areas in agriculture with the aim of discovering new methods of farming as well new species of crops and livestock that will not only give high yields but also be able to thrive in the ever changing climatic conditions and the newly emerged crop and livestock diseases. The research center is a big employer in the region. Many people are employed in this research center, comprising both professionals and casual workers.