A coconut research station is established in the locality of Sarautu, Santo Island in the New Hebrides Condominium. It is managed by a French research organization, the Institut de Recherches pour les Huiles et Oléagineux (IRHO). The first research works involve coconut breeding and agronomy, along with the improvement of livestock grazing under coconut.


Proclamation of the Independence. The New Hebrides become the Republic of Vanuatu.


A research unit on coffee and cocoa is created in the locality of Valeteruru under the management of the Institut de Recherches du Café et du Cacao (IRCC).


Both institutes are merged into the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), a French public research organization.


The center becomes a national research organization under the mandate of CIRAD. It is called Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Center (VARTC).


Traditional staple crops (taro, yam, sweet potato, manioc) and kava are introduced in the research mandate of the center.

1st January 2003

After the termination of CIRAD mandate, the Parliament passes a new law (The Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre Act [CAP 286] ) for the establishment of the Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre. The management is entrusted to a Chief Executive Officer assisted by a Board and a Scientific Advisory Council.