Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) is one of the 13 research institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was originally known as the Nyankpala Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES) and operated as an outpost of the crops Research Institute, kumasi. In June 1994, it gained autonomy and was upgraded to a fully-fledged research institute-SARI for short. SARI is located 16 kilometers west of Tamale in the Tolon/Kumbungu District.
SARI's mandate is to provide small-scale farmers in the three regions of northern Ghana (Northern, Upper East, Upper West) with appropriate innovations/options/technologies to increase their food production based on a sustainable production system, which maintains and/or increases soil fertility. The research mandate also includes the development of appropriate cropping systems, varities of crops such as maize, rice, sorghum, millet soybean, cowpea, groundnuts, bambara groundnuts, cotton, vegetable crops, etc. which are adapted to the needs of farmers in the different ecologies of northern Ghana.