One of the responsibilities of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) genebank is to assure that forage germplasm is adequately conserved and that major risks of losing valuable and often rare plant materials are minimized.
ILRI has agreements with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) genebank to duplicate ILRI materials in their premises. This year, the genebank staff selected, packed and shipped 3,298 accessions of forages for safe duplication at CIAT, Colombia.
Seeds being packed and checked, Forage Genebank, ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Boxes of seeds being shipped from the Forage Genebank in Ethiopia to the Forage Genebank at CIAT.