Genetic Resources Research Institute


About the Institute
The Genetic Resources Research Institute (GeRRI), under the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act of 2013 was elevated to a semi-autonomous research Institute. It takes over from the former National Genebank of Kenya (NGBK) which became operational in July 1988. The institute is responsible for conserving plant genetic resources, animal and microbial genetic resources. Genetic resources are essential basic building blocks utilized in research to develop improved technologies for enhanced agricultural production. Their effective conservation and use is therefore a critical role in food security assurance, agricultural resilience and economic growth.

The existing facility has a capacity of 150 m3 in two storage cell of 75 m3 each. One storage cell runs at -20oC while the other runs at 5oC. Currently the Genebank has over 45,000 accessions belonging to over 2,000 crop species of mainly their landraces and their wild relatives acquired through donations and field collection expeditions from various parts of the country.

Genetic Resources Research Institute (GeRRI) is located at the former KARI Muguga South, 28 km from Nairobi, in Kiambu County. Muguga located at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea-level has a bimodal rainfall pattern and provides naturally cool temperatures that are conducive for genetic resources conservation.
Institute Mandate The broad mandate of the Genetic Resources Research Institute is to conserve plant genetic resources through germplasm collection, characterization, evaluation and generation of genetic materials, documentation and dissemination of plant genetic resources and data, capacity building and catalyzing the development of policies governing the conservation and use of plant genetic resources.  

The Mandate of the Genetic Resources Research Institute include:

1. To generate knowledge, technologies and innovations for effective conservation and utilization of plant, animal and microbial genetic resources
2. Identify production, policy, market, processing and utilisation constraints in agriculture and prepare short and long-term research programmes to assemble appropriate plant, animal and microbial germplasm for developing technologies to address these constraints
3. Identify and disseminate, in collaboration with other relevant agencies, appropriate plant, animal and microbial genetic resources to develop solutions to food security and sustainability
4. Establish and maintain regular contact with regional and international agricultural research institutions to ensure the rapid introduction, evaluation and use of plant, animal and microbial genetic resources of potential benefit to the country
5. To raise the profile of plant, animal and microbial genetic resources and their potential in contributing to food security and agricultural resilience in the face of climate change

Institute Director,
Genetic Resources Research Institute (GeRRI)
P.O. Box 781-00902
Tel: 020 2025539