Annual Report 2014

“The Crop Trust is an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity, forever.” Marie Haga
Executive Director of the Crop Trust

Key figures

The Crop Trust Seed Vault

Crop varieties added + 38K

Number of new crop varieties added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault 38,052
International collections of crop diversity

Crop varieties distributed 124K

Samples distributed by international collections of crop diversity 124,084
Value of grants

Grants provided for conservation USD 25,1M

Value of grants Crop Trust provided to the global system for the conservation of crop diversity USD 25,149,745

Contributions + USD 3,7M

Contributions to the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund in 2014 USD 3,780,122
Varieties available

Varieties available 548K

Increase in varieties available in the international collections 497,850 to 548,102
Variety records added

New varieties in Genesys + 430K

Number of varieties added to Genesys in 2014 430,021
Training for collecting

Grants Provided for CollectingUSD 546K

Grants provided in support of collecting (including capacity building) USD 546K
Countries receiving variety samples

Countries receiving samples 112

Number of countries receiving samples from Crop Trust supported collections 112


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Walter Fust

"Plans to secure the future can grow from great ideas into great institutions."
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Marie Haga

"The year was all about convergence, about paths coming together."

What we do

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Global Genebank Partnership

"Genebanks ensure a diverse harvest for the future. The Crop Trust ensures a future of security and quality for genebanks."
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Crop Wild Relatives

"Saving agriculture's wild cousins."
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Information systems

"We need to know what we have in the world's genebanks."
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

"Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, lies a fail-safe, last chance backup facility for the world’s crop diversity."

The Crop Trust

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"To see plans take shape, take a seat at the table with the Executive Board and the Donors’ Council."
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Human resources

"2014 marks the end of an important decade for the Crop Trust."
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"Two special events and a full agenda of other appearances mark a milestone in the life of the Crop Trust."

Securing our food, forever

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Thank you

"We need partners of every size, in every country, with genuine love for every crop that we protect."
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Take action

"Conserving crop diversity is the first and most crucial step to ensuring food security."


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Financial Statement

Grants to conserve crop diversity world wide increased in 2014
USD 23.3 Million
USD 25.1 Million


Crop Trust

Securing our food, forever

The Crop Trust is fortunate to have support from across the world all dedicated to the future of food security, agriculture and biodiversity.

The Crop Trust would like to thank the following people for their support for this year’s annual report: Ambassador Walter Fust, Professor Gebisa Ejeta, The Crop Trust Staff, The Genebank Managers of the CGIAR, Neil Palmer, Paul Cox, Epic Agency.

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Highlights of the year


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Global Genebank Partnership

In 2014, the Crop Trust provided $2.49 million through its endowment-funded long-term grants to support the management of 20 crop collections and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The grants were complemented with a further $17.5 million from the CGIAR Fund. Through its leadership role of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Genebanks, the Crop Trust oversaw all of this funding to the CGIAR genebanks for the management of the 1.32 million samples of seeds, tissue and living crops in their care.

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“Much more than just providing funds, the Crop Trust has introduced online reporting, performance targets and external review processes to create a clear and current picture of the state of this global backbone of conservation.”

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In 2014 work turned to a new idea: the formulation of a quality management system (QMS) specifically for the genebanks. Managers know that a genebank isn’t quite like any other facility – it’s not a farm, or a laboratory, or a museum, though it shares features of all of these. While two genebanks have already achieved the internationally esteemed ISO certification or accreditation, a customized QMS designed by genebank managers, for genebank managers, will go much farther in building an all-encompassing mechanism for improving efficiency and quality, managing risk and sharing best practices relevant specifically to genebank operations.

What defines “quality” in a genebank?

This is the kind of big question that needs to be deliberated well, and it was one of the important topics on the table at the Annual Genebanks Meeting, held in 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania.

The annual gathering brought the managers of the CGIAR genebanks together with their counterparts from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the regional genebank of Southern Africa. The quality management system was one of many discussions held on technical issues and advances in the genebank world. The Crop Trust’s quality expert, Janny van Beem, outlined a proposal for a quality management framework and a plan for implementation. The group agreed the minimum components of the QMS for all to adopt. Work will start in earnest in 2015.

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The external reviews, so far conducted at eight genebanks, have led to action. With special support from the Crop Trust, CIAT launched an initiative to plant seeds from more than 3,000 of the genebank’s bean and forage accessions, replenishing seed numbers so these will be ready for quick distribution to users and for safety backup – including in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

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Meanwhile, CIMMYT undertook the challenge of regenerating seed from a collection of maize landraces from the Andes Mountains. This unique material had been a longstanding concern because it was so well adapted to high altitudes that it would not grow in the usual field stations in Mexico, and the seeds were in danger of expiring without being regenerated. Following the launching of an action plan funded by the CRP, CIMMYT began a project to establish a new nursery at nearly 2,700 meters in Mexico for the rescue of this special maize.

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