Safeguarding the world’s future


The collections of Plant Genetic Resources from the 11 CGIAR Genebanks are held in back-up storage at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a facility capable of preserving seed vitality for thousands of years. Norway: Croptrust

The CGIAR Centers have an obligation to conserve and make available the 35 ex situ crop and tree collections under their management, according to the provisions of the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). The Genebanks CRP provides security in funding for routine operations of the genebanks and works towards improving individual performance standards and strengthening quality and risk management systems in all genebanks.

More than 750,000 accessions of cereals, legumes, roots and tubers, other essential staple crops and trees are stored in CGIAR collections, available as international public goods and distributed under Standard Material Transfer Agreements. In 2015, a total of 91,506 germplasm samples were provided to users by the CGIAR genebanks. Some 32,850 distinct accessions were provided to CRPs and 20,010 accessions were distributed outside CGIAR, directly to advanced research institutes and universities (43%), national agricultural research systems (32%) and to farmers and the private sector (25%) in 114 countries.