NARC establishment goes back to the late 1950’s, when the Department of Research and Extension was created. In 1985, the research activities were separated from the department and enrolled under a new research center “The National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer. (NCARTT) and became a semi-autonomous institution in 1993.
In 2007 NCARTT has gone through different reforms to include the extension activities and to become “The National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, (NARC).The center receives its core funding from the government. Other direct funds are received from national and international donors to finance the implementation of proposed projects.
NARC consists of a main headquarter in Al-Balqaa - Ain Al-Basha and eight regional centers located in Dair Alla, Ramtha, Mafraq, Mshaggar, Rabba, Tafilleh, Wadi Araba and Shobbak. NARC also operates 13 research stations representing different agro-ecological conditions and 13 extension field units throughout Jordan.
NARC has good relations with many regional and international institutions such as the World Bank (WB) , the European Commission (EU) , United Nation Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), German Technical Corporation (GIZ), International Development Research Center (IDRC), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) , The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), and The Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA)
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