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Seed Genebank

The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) maintains a seed genebank at the Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya that conserves a wide diversity of tree species used in agroforestry systems to ensure their long term availability.
The genebank currently holds 5,393 accessions representing about 190 tree species used in agroforestry systems. This collection was acquired through donations from various institutes such as Oxford Forestry Institute, and germplasm collection missions conducted jointly with national agricultural research systems (NARS), universities and international institutes in species natural distribution range. The genebank has a laboratory for conducting seed research, a short-term holding facility for drying maintained at 15ºC and 40–45% RH, and medium-term storage at 4ºC and 40-45% RH that holds the active collection. For long term conservation and safety duplication, ICRAF partners with the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew in the United Kingdom, and the Kunming Institute of Botany genebank in China. The ICRAF genebank also has over 700 accessions representing 165 tree species held at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The genebank is instrumental in the supply of agroforestry tree germplasm for ICRAF domestication programs and to research partners. Small samples of available agroforestry tree seeds are offered for research (download seed request form). The genebank assists sourcing for bulk requests from national partners where the species may be available. Being a signatory to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, ICRAF genebank distributes the agroforestry seeds via theStandard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA). The genebank disseminates species specific information in GENESYS.


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).