In July 2018, seven early career professionals met at the Crop Trust offices for the first Genebank Impact 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.

Wild relatives for wheat improvement: The impact of goat grass conservation and synthetic hexaploids development
Hafid Aberkane

Farm-level impact of the International Rice Genebank (IRG) on improved rice varieties: Evidence from Eastern India
Donald Villanueva

Demand and use assessment of genetic plant material from the Bioversity’s International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) in Africa, Asia and the Pacific
Vanessa Ocampo Giraldo

On the trail of taro: The tale of taro leaf blight
Sefra Alexandra

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

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

Assessing impacts of the CIP Genebank
Vivian Bernal-Galeano

Dynamic conservation: A rematriation case study of the giant maize “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 material from the Bioversity’s International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) in the Latin America and Caribbean Region
Sirena Montalvo-Katz

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


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.