National Food Technology Research Centre

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National Food Technology Research Centre - History

NFTRC Building
National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC) was first established as a small project in 1984, then called Botswana Food Laboratory (BFL).

BFL then evolved into the Food Technology Research Services (FTRS) in 1987, funded by the then Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) and managed by the then Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC).

Following a comprehensive evaluation in 1997, FTRS gained autonomy and was transformed into an independent company limited by guarantee, which then adopted a new name, National Food Technology Research Centre. It had a board of twelve Directors appointed by a minister.


To be an international center of excellence in food science and technology.


To generate food technologies that enhance economic diversification, food security and quality through sustained end user focused research and development.

Core Values

  • We innovate needs driven research
  • We instil the spirit of entrepreneurship
  • We recognise our employees as our best assets
  • We account for our actions in relation to the environment and ethics

Our Services

NFTRC offers the following services:

  • Process Design
  • Quality Monitoring
  • Food Analysis
  • Technical Information
  • Product Development
  • Training
  • Food Safety
  • Nutritional Advice
  • Consultancy

For further information visit [ National Food Technology Research Centre]