The Genetic Resources Research Institute of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization is responsible for conserving plant, animal, aquatic and microbial genetic resources. Our mission is to harness, conserve and promote greater and sustainable use of genetic resources for increased food security, resilience of agricultural production systems as well as improved health and socio-economic.
Currently the institute has over 50,000 accessions belonging to 1,800 crop species of mainly landraces, improved cultivars and their wild relatives acquired through donations and field collection from various parts of Kenya. So far, 23,000 accessions have been characterized to determine their diversity and variability. Characterization data plays a critical role in understanding the value of our germplasm and facilitates its access and utilization.