There are a number of important genebanks whose infrastructure requires urgent upgrading to be able to carry out their conservation tasks effectively.
Genebanks worldwide vary greatly in the global significance of their collections, their capacity for conserving those resources, and the security of financial support. The Trust has identified genebanks with collections of global importance, but inadequate facilities and backing. With support from the Trust, these genebanks, at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and the N.I Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry (VIR), have been able to purchase vital equipment that has enabled them to meet internationally accepted standards for storage and availability, regenerate collections, and create robust plans for long term management. These genebanks can now play a global role in conservation and exchange.