The activities of the [Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research] (CGIAR) include, among others, conserving genetic resource in order to contribute towards sustainable improvements in the productivity of agriculture and forestry in developing countries. The [International Plant Genetic Resources Institute] (IPGRI) operates under the aegis of CGIAR. Programmes IPGRI coordinates include [inter alia]: [Andean Network on Plant Genetic Resources] (REDARFIT, est. 1992) and the [Coconut Genetic Resources Network] (COGENT, est. 1992). REDARFIT activities include the conservation and use of Passifloraceae germplasm as part of 2-year project on tropical fruits. COGENT aims to support collaborative research on coconuts, and promote the sharing of results and information among members. Activities include: using genetic markers to study coconut genetic diversity and to identify coconuts carrying disease; developing a global coconut conservation strategy; providing information services database of [ex situ] coconut germplasm. Since 1994, IPGRI includes the [International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain] (INIBAP), which has been working on [Musa] genetic resources.
The West Asia and North Africa Plant Genetic Resources Network (WANANET) has been founded within the framework of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). Working groups: specify priorities in plant genetic resources; identify and implement collaborative projects; implement regional activities.
Established since 1929, the CABI Bureau of Plant Breeding and Genetics operates within the framework of CAB International (CABI). The Bureau provides information and documentation on the breeding and genetics of plants of economic importance.