The Genebank Initiative is an essential component of a global system on the conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

Other parts of the global system include national and regional collections and all users of genebanks worldwide.

Explaining management of field collection of banana and plantain to participants of the Genebank Operations and Advanced Learning (G.O.A.L) workshop, March 2016 at IITA in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Credit: Janny Van Beem

The 11 CGIAR genebanks are a core element in the global system for the conservation and use of crop diversity. So too is the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which establishes the conditions under which CGIAR genebanks hold and share material. The Crop Trust is one of the mechanisms through which the Treaty promotes long-term sustainable conservation and use of PGRFA.

Other elements that can be considered part of the global system – and hence as potential partners of the Initiative – include:

Participants from the Genebank Operations and Advanced Learning (G.O.A.L) workshop held in September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya at the World Agrofrestry Centre Credit: Shawn Landersz

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.