Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri

Lake Chad Research Institute has the national mandate for the Genetic Improvement of Wheat, Millet, and Barley in Nigeria.
It also has the mandate for the investigation of the problems of all agricultural production in the North East Agro-ecological zone of the country.

About LCRI

Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) is one of the Agricultural Research Institutes under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Institute was established by the Research Institute (Establishment Act) Order 1975. However, the actual physical existence began in 1976, with the location of its headquarters at kilometer 5, along Gamboru-Ngala Road, Maiduguri, Borno State.



To provide improved agricultural technologies through research and development for the farmer, and to make farming a business of economic benefit toward attaining national food security.


To conduct developmental research in close collaboration with stakeholders through genetic overhaul of the mandate crops, realignment of production to modern system and encouragement of industrial linkage in the total farming systems in the zone.

Technical Departments

Cereals Research

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Farming Systems Research

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Agric. Economics & Extension

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Following the re-appraisal of the mandates and functions of National Research Institutes in 1987, the Lake Chad Research Institute became a crop-based research Institute and was charged with the following research mandates as reviewed in 1994:

  1. The genetic improvement of Barley, Millet and Wheat.
  2. Investigation of the problems of production of all agricultural food crops grown in the broad ecological zone covered by Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe States, with emphasis on farming systems including integration of livestock, tree crops and agro-forestry into production systems.
  3. Conduct Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services with the relevant Federal and State Ministries, Primary Agricultural Producers, Industries and other users of Research.

Towards a Sustainable Future: Unlocking the Potential of the Lake Chad Basin

As we navigate the path towards a sustainable future, the Lake Chad Research Institute remains steadfast in our commitment to excellence, integrity, and social responsibility. Together, let us unlock the full potential of the Lake Chad basin, ensuring food security, environmental conservation, and enhanced livelihoods for generations to come.

Prof. Baba Gana Jugudum Kabir

Director/CEO Lake Chad Research Institute

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