Decision Support Tool

Genebanks need to make the most effective use possible of their limited resources. Several studies have attempted to quantify the costs of genebank operations.

In an effort to promote cost-effective operation, CGIAR developed a decision support tool to categorise and compile all possible genebank costs.

This tool – available for download as an Excel spreadsheet – is based on extensive consultations. The prototype has been reviewed by genebank managers and was used to develop scenarios and test hypotheses about the cost-effectiveness of integrating tasks and operations across the CGIAR system. It was also used to determine their annual budget.

The tool can help a genebank to identify unit costs (e.g. cost of storing, regenerating etc. one accession) and, indirectly, to identify cost drivers (e.g. factors that cause a change in the cost of an activity).