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

Kavengi Kitonga, Genebank Impact Fellow

Kavengi holds an MA of Economic Policy Management and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2019, she started her PhD program in Agricultural Economics under the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences and German Academic Exchange Service scholarship program based in the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya. Her research interests include food systems research, development economics, and econometric impact assessment. She has worked as a graduate research intern at CIMMYT’s office in Nairobi from 2016 to 2018. Kavengi was selected as a recipient of the Genebank Impacts Fellowship Program of the Crop Trust in 2018 to document the outcomes from the use of tree germplasm from ICRAF and forage germplasm from the International Livestock Research Institute.

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.