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ICRAF GENEBANK REVIEW
Category: Event // Date posted: May 15, 2015 // Event from : June 06, 2015 To: June 12, 2015

The Global Crop Diversity Crop Trust commissions the five-yearly review of the CGIAR Center genebanks in its role as Project Manager of the CGIAR Research Programme (CRP) for Managing and Sustaining Crop Collections and as donor of long-term grants. This review aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the genebank operation as a whole, and the status of the genebank within the context of the global system for the conservation and use of the crops in question. The ICRAF genebank review is scheduled to take place on 06-12th June 2015 and will be led by Dr. Paul Smith of Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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ALLANBLACKIA, Your favourite newsletter
Category: GRU News // Date posted: April 15, 2015

Your favourite newsletter, ALLANBLACKIA is here with interesting stories including;

  • Dryland systems scientists strategies to meet 2015 challenges
  • New project to improve yam-cropping systemsin Cote d'Ivore and Burkina Faso
  • Forestry students visit ICRAF Cameroon
  • Early fruiting Irvinga spp. (bush mango) bringing hopeand more income to women in Cameroon

Happy reading

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Whats in a name? Im on a germplasm ID crusade!
Category: GRU News // Date posted: April 13, 2015

What’s in a name? Well, not a lot it seems when it comes to crop germplasm. It’s a particular ‘bee in the bonnet’ I’ve had for many years.

We use names for everything. In the right context, a name is a ‘shorthand’ as it were for anything we can describe. In the natural world, we use a strict system of nomenclature (in Latin of all languages) – seemingly, to the non-specialist, continually and bewilderingly revised. Most plants and animals also have common names, in the vernacular, for everyday use. But while scientific nomenclature follows strict rules, the same can’t be said for common names.

Stretching an analogy
However, let me start by presenting you with an analogy. Take these two illustrious individuals for example.

We share the same name, though I doubt anyone would confuse us. Certainly not based on our phenotypes – what we look like. In any cas... read more

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Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference updated
Category: GRU News // Date posted: December 08, 2014

Critical regional and international dialogues on food security, climate change, environment and sustainable development are underway. In the coming year major decisions on policy directions and investment will be made. In response, leading minds from African government, research, civil society and the private sector will gather in Nairobi to generate an ambitious agenda to enhance and scale effective integrated landscape initiatives for Africa.

These initiatives will address in a coordinated way the full set of products and services required from land, biodiversity, water and other resources. By sharing the best in landscape management research and the lessons from years of local and national initiatives on the continent, meeting invitees will generate a powerful set of policy and program recommendations for national, regional and internation... read more

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Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference
Category: Event // Date posted: December 08, 2014 // Event from : December 08, 2014 To: December 16, 2014

Critical regional and international dialogues on food security, climate change, environment and sustainable development are underway. In the coming year major decisions on policy directions and investment will be made. In response, leading minds from African government, research, civil society and the private sector will gather in Nairobi to generate an ambitious agenda to enhance and scale effective integrated landscape initiatives for Africa.

These initiatives will address in a coordinated way the full set of products and services required from land, biodiversity, water and other resources. By sharing the best in landscape management research and the lessons from years of local and national initiatives on the continent, meeting invitees will generate a powerful set of policy and program recommendations for national, regional and internation... read more


Genetic Resources Policy

This document addresses ICRAF's policy for acquisition and distribution of tree genetic resources, access and benefit sharing, including of technologies and information related to tree germplasm. The policy is intended to facilitate awareness of and compliance to the international agreements that guide access to germplasm and information.

Ordering Seed

The genebank is instrumental in the supply of agroforestry tree germplasm for ICRAF domestication programs and to research partners. A few samples of available agroforestry tree seeds are availed for research. For bulk request, the genebank assists sourcing for quality germplasm from national partners where the species may be available. For seed requests download the seed request form or you can place an online seed order by clicking here.

Standard Material Transfer Protocol

The objectives of the Treaty are the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use. Being a signatory to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, ICRAF genebank distributes the agroforestry seeds via the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).