National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR)
is a research and development institute that falls under the
Ministry of Science, Technology and Vocational Training (MSTVT).
The institute is mandated amongst other things to carry out the
- Research in food science, material science, livestock and plant
science, natural products and information science;
- Liaise with other research bodies within and outside Zambia
conducting similar research;
- Disseminate research findings; and
- Co-operate with the ministry responsible for science and
technology and other relevant institutions pertaining to research
policies and priorities.
One of the major roles of NISIR is to provide timely advice to
Government on policy and other issues relating to the national
scientific and technological activities, co-ordination of national
scientific and technological research activities.
The issues of biosafety are handled by NISIR on behalf of the MSTVT
as it is the only institute in the country which has the capacity
to detect, monitor and advise government on the use of genetically
modified organisms (GMOs). Currently, a capacity building programme
is being implemented by NORAD in the MSTVT.