About Us

The lead Research for Development (R4D) coordinating agency towards a technology-empowered agriculture and fisheries sector contributory to inclusive growth.

We coordinate, integrate, fund, and manage the Research for Development (R4D) system to ensure its optimum utility for the agriculture and fisheries sector.

The Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) was created by virtue of Executive Order 116, series of 1987. Executive Order 292, otherwise known as the Administrative Code of 1987, mandates DA-BAR to "ensure that all agricultural research is coordinated and undertaken for maximum utility to agriculture (Section 22)."

We embrace the following values which continue to reflect our mission, and guide our decisions, actions and provision of services. This includes the following:

  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation

We commit to:

  • Provide excellent leadership and coordination to the National Agricultural Research and Development in the Philippines;
  • Implement an internationally recognized management system in all aspects of our operations, processes, and services in line with our commitment and objectives;
  • Continually improve our quality performance and the effectiveness and suitability;
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations, the requirements of our stakeholders, industry initiatives, and other requirements we subscribe to;
  • Assess the needs of our customers and strive to exceed their expectations;
  • Provide assurance to our researchers, proponents, and other stakeholders to quality services by offering excellent leadership and coordination to the National Agricultural Research and Development in the Philippines including other responsive engagements;
  • Establish quality objectives aimed to improve the efficiency of our operations, processes, and procedures for sustainable growth; and
  • Capacitate our employees and staff to maintain a highly competent, motivated, and reliable workforce, thereby ensuring work is performed with excellence.

Core 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

R&D Thematic Thrusts
To realize BAR's vision, its banner programs are focused on the AFMA thrusts:

  • Food Security
  • Increased Productivity and Profitability
  • Poverty Eradication and People Empowerment
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development
  • Global Competitiveness

The 2016-2022 RDEAP contain the demand-driven research and development and extension priorities in agriculture and fisheries at both national and regional levels,

Strategic Approaches
Recognizing the grave impact and disruption the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the food systems, agricultural value chains and movements, and household food security levels, the Bureau strongly aligns with and supports the following DA's Food Systems Policy Shifts:

  • Increasing food sufficiency levels of basic food and other commodities
  • Focusing on production and consumption value chain, empowering the marginalized sector  and supporting diverse distribution efforts with good logistics.
  • Harmonizing the food systems with other related sectors (economy, energy, water and natural resources, environment, manufacturing and health) to build resilience.
  • Addressing hunger and all forms of malnutrition, such as obesity and micronutrient deficiencies through the production and consumption of nutritious foods.
  • Adopting context-specific policies, recognizing differences between urban and rural settings.

The Bureau pursue the following seven strategic goals that is in coherence with and supportive of the holistic food system approach that the Department of Agriculture upholds in this New Normal.

  • Goal 1: Strengthened public R4D Financial management.
  • Goal 2: Increased availability and access to knowledge in R4D
  • Goal 3: Strengthened partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Goal 4: Increased resilience of natural ecosystems
  • Goal 5: Empowered farmers and fisherfolks
  • Goal 6: Modernized agri-fishery value chain systems
  • Goal 7: Enhanced competitiveness of agri-fishery industries