Forage diversity

The ILRI genebank conserves almost 19 thousand accessions of forages from over 1000 species. This is one of the most diverse collections of forage grasses, legumes and fodder tree species held in any genebank in the world and includes the world’s major collection of African grasses and tropical highland forages. In 1994, the germplasm collection held by ILRI was placed in trust under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of their international network of ex situ collections. In October 2006, ILRI signed an agreement to include this material under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Treaty). ILRI claims no ownership nor seeks any intellectual property rights over the germplasm and related information and makes it freely available for forage research and development. 


ILRI provides forage seeds in small experimental quantities without charge from the germplasm collection as part of its policy of maximizing the utilization of material for research, breeding and training. All recipients of germplasm have to agree to the terms of the Standard Material transfer Agreement (SMTA) of the Treaty. If you would like to know more about obtaining forage seeds from the genebank, please contact: Jean Hanson, Genebank Manager 

Forage Germplasm Seed Request Form and SMTA

Every year International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)’s forage genebank plants about 900 accessions of forage germplasm to be regenerated (to produce new and more viable seeds) or multiplied (to increase the amount of seeds to make them available for distribution). Four field sites across Ethiopia are used to grow the 1500 different accessions (they needs … Continue reading »
ILRI clippings, Jan/2014
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 … Continue reading »
ILRI clippings, Dec/2013
In 2012, ILRI’s Forage Diversity team hosted Senior Experten Service – SES scientist Evelyn Möller. Since then, she has visited Addis Ababa 3 times (Nov-Dec 2012; April – May 2013 and Nov-Dec 2013). Her assignment was to help ILRI improve the quality control of its genebank laboratories, more specifically regarding plant health diagnostic techniques and … Continue reading »
ILRI clippings, Dec/2013
Alemayehu Teressa
Research officer/Laboratory supervisor
Asebe Abdena
Seed Production Officer
Aster Mehret
Administrative Assistant
Degusew Negewo
Research Assistant
Ermiyas Mekonnen
Programme Management Officer
Fikerte Mulatu Adenew
Research Assistant II-Laboratory
Gebre Hiwot W/Giorgis
Technical Assistant
Jean Hanson
Leader, Forage Diversity Project
Temeselew Mamo
Research Technician II
Tigist Wolde Hanna
Technical Assistant


Jean Hanson

Contact: Jean Hanson

Outputs: Team outputs