Genebank Impacts Fellowship

In July 2018, seven early career professionals met at the Crop Trust offices for the first Genebank Impacts Fellows Bootcamp. Hailing from Kenya, the Philippines, Colombia, USA, Italy and Morocco, the fellows were tasked with enhancing the impact profiles of CGIAR genebanks and the genebank of the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees of the Pacific Community. The fellows embarked on a six-month program that gave them hands-on experience in evaluating the impact of genebanks, while working with some of the world’s experts on genebanks. The fellows have taken on research ranging from determining the contribution of genebanks in the development of high-iron bean varieties, assessing the impacts of taro leaf blight-resistant germplasm and studying the impacts of maize rematriation from the genebank to farm communities.

A Sourcebook: Economics of conserving plant genetic resources in genebanks
Melinda Smale

Transferring the diversity of goat grass to farmers’ fields through the development of synthetic hexaploid wheat
Hafid Aberkane

The contribution of the International Rice Genebank to varietal improvement and crop productivity in Eastern India
Donald Villanueva

The demand for Bioversity’s banana germplasm in Africa and Asia
Vanessa Ocampo Giraldo

On the trail of taro: Safeguarding the prestige crop of the Pacific
Sefra Alexandra

Tracing the benefits of ICRAF tree germplasm distributions: Calliandra calothyrsus and Gliricidia sepium
Kavengi Kitonga

Tracing the benefits of ILRI forage germplasm distributions: Medicago sativa, Sesbania sesban, and Pennisetum purpureum
Kavengi Kitonga

Andean potato diversity helps agricultural development in Uganda: Victoria and the contribution of the CIP genebank
Vivian Bernal-Galeano

Dynamic conservation of genetic resources: Rematriating the maize landrace Jala
Vanessa Ocampo-Giraldo

The contribution of CIAT genebank in the development of iron-biofortified bean varieties and farm-level impacts in Rwanda
Stefania Sellitti

Impact and use assessment of genetic plant materials from the Bioversity’s International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) in the Latin America and Caribbean Region
Sirena Montalvo-Katz

Assessing public demand for genetic resource conservation in the Czech Republic
Nicholas Tyack

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.