This department is responsible for soil, manure and plant sampling (when requested by client), laboratory analyses of collected or received samples, interpretation of these results and recommendation of appropriate agricultural programs.
The Food Audit and Nutrition Department conducts fruit and vegetable audits for food safety and quality assurance. It also conducts nutrient analyses of food products for nutritional information labelling.
One of the main responsibilities of this department will be the investigation of pest strains in the country, the SADC region and across the continent to create an adaptation database that will be useful in combating invasive pest species that may be aggravated by climate change and forced to different latitudes, including Namibia. The other responsibility of this department will be to conduct climate change effects on agriculture and to find innovative mitigation strategies as well as adaptation strategies for the agriculture sector.