Global Crop Diversity Trust

A Foundation for Food Security


The Trust has a mandate to conserve the diversity of all important crops, but will give priority to the crops that are included in Annex 1, or referred to in Article 15, of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. These are the crops that the international community has judged to be the most important for food security.

The crops listed in Annex 1 of the International Treaty include: breadfruit, oat, beet, brassicas (the cabbage family including broccoli and cauliflower), pigeon pea, chickpea, citrus, coconut, aroids (including taro and cocoyam), carrot, yams, finger millet, sunflower, barley, sweet potato, grass pea, lentil, cassava, banana/plantain, rice, pearl millet, beans, pea, rye, potato, eggplant, sorghum, triticale, wheat, faba bean, cowpea, maize and more than 80 forage species from 30 different genera.