The basis of bioeconomy is the utilisation and management of marine and terrestrial biological resources, rather than a fossil economy based on coal, oil and gas. NIBIO is to become the leading national centre for the development of knowledge within the field of bioeconomy.
The goal of the Institute is to contribute to food security, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation through research and knowledge production within food, forestry and other biobased industries. NIBIO delivers research, managerial support and knowledge for use in national preparedness, as well as for businesses and the society at large. Approximately 700 employees are present in all parts of the country. The main office is located at Ås in Akershus, just outside Oslo.
NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food as an administrative agency with special authorization and its own supervisory board.