Annual Report 2014
“The Crop Trust is an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity, forever.” Marie Haga
Executive Director of the Crop Trust
Crop varieties added + 38K
Crop varieties distributed 124K
Grants provided for conservation USD 25,1M
Contributions + USD 3,7M
Varieties available 548K
New varieties in Genesys + 430K
Grants Provided for CollectingUSD 546K
Countries receiving samples 112
"Plans to secure the future can grow from great ideas into great institutions."
"The year was all about convergence, about paths coming together."
What we do
Global Genebank Partnership
"Genebanks ensure a diverse harvest for the future. The Crop Trust ensures a future of security and quality for genebanks."
Crop Wild Relatives
"Saving agriculture's wild cousins."
"We need to know what we have in the world's genebanks."
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
"To see plans take shape, take a seat at the table with the Executive Board and the Donors’ Council."
"2014 marks the end of an important decade for the Crop Trust."
"Two special events and a full agenda of other appearances mark a milestone in the life of the Crop Trust."
Securing our food, forever
"We need partners of every size, in every country, with genuine love for every crop that we protect."
"Conserving crop diversity is the first and most crucial step to ensuring food security."
Grants to conserve crop diversity world wide increased in 2014
Securing our food, forever
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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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“Beyond the seed diversity treasured in the crops we help conserve, the Crop Trust celebrates diversity in workforce too, with 14 nationalities represented.” —Layla Daoud, Corporate Operations Manager
By 1 December 2014 the Crop Trust had 25 staff working in Bonn on a regular basis.
In 2014 four regular staff members were recruited, including the new Finance Manager, Janet Muir (a qualified chartered accountant with 11 years experience managing a sizable university endowment fund who joined us from Trinity College Dublin), and the Liaison of the Diversity Seek (DivSeek) Initiative, Peter Wenzl (who joined the Crop Trust in January 2015 and who has a strong background in genetics, plant physiology and high-performance molecular-marker technologies).
The Crop Trust also benefitted from the engagement of distinguished advisors such as former Executive Directors of the Crop Trust Cary Fowler and Geoff Hawtin; and Genebank Quality Management Specialist, Janny van Beem).
As new colleagues joined the fold, the Crop Trust team bid farewell to two of its colleagues: Anne Clyne, former Finance Director, one of the earliest Crop Trust staffers, and Jane Toll, the Science Team’s Senior Project Manager, who retired after dedicating more than 30 years to the global crop conservation effort.
In an effort to ensure continued close cooperation and technical synergies between the Crop Trust and the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, a joint liaison position was created as is co-funded by both organizations.
The Rhodes College Fellowship
The Crop Trust benefits from the engagement of a Fellow each year thanks to the “Cary Fowler ’71 Environmental Studies International Fellowship” that is provided through Rhodes College. In July 2014, the second Fellow, Laura Brown, successfully completed her one-year assignment with the Crop Trust’s Partnerships Team and the new Fellow from Rhodes College, Julia Greene, joined the Team in August 2014. All of the candidates provided through this program have been outstanding and have made noteworthy contributions towards furthering the mission of the Crop Trust.