|Last updated: 22/05/2013|
Article 15 of the International Treaty states that Contracting Parties to the Treaty call upon the International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs) to conclude agreements with the Governing Body of the Treaty with regard to ex situ collections. Most of these agreements were signed with the IARCs of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2006. Additional agreements were concluded with other centres in 2007 and 2009.
The IARCs alone collectively hold 693,752 accessions which form part of the Multilateral System. The collections of these international institutions still form, by far, the largest group of resources currently known to be in the Multilateral System, and are being exchanged through the SMTA.
During the period from 1 August 2008 to 31 December 2009, the IARCs distributed total of 608,644 samples of Annex I plant genetic resources for food and agriculture under the Standard Material Transfer Agreement, while a total of 41,902 samples of Annex I germplasm were received by them. The IARC of the CGIAR also use the SMTA for non-Annex 1 material. The centres report periodically to the Governing Body on the use of the SMTA and provide additional information to the Secretariat that is made available through this web site.