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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Information Systems

“Genesys is becoming what it set out to be: the one-stop global portal where all plant genetic resources data is made available by genebanks from all over the world.”

Knowing what the genebanks around the world have in their cold rooms and what accessions they can make available to breeders and other scientists is as crucial as the many other actions taken in the crop diversity conservation effort.

In 2014 the Crop Trust provided substantial resources and community leadership in the development and strengthening of genetic resource information systems.

Genesys – Global Portal on PGR

In March 2014, an update of Genesys was released. This new portal includes a new user interface in eight different languages. Among its new features, it now allows for secure, direct management of genebanks’ data within the global portal.

The Wheat Genetic Resources Center at Kansas State University and The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) joined the Genesys community in 2014. To date, three CGIAR centers have fully or partially automated their data updates on GeneSys: ICARDA, Bioversity and IRRI. Furthermore, the Crop Trust helped publish latest data for CIP, WGRC, ICRAF, AVRDC, and ICRISAT.

Number of accession records added to Genesys in 2014

Genesys now contains 2.77 million records from 446 crop collections.

Assessments of Genebank Management Documentation Systems

To better understand the current landscape in national genebank data management, the Crop Trust began in 2014 to help genebanks across the globe assess the status and gaps in their information systems and provide expert advice on how these gaps could be addressed. By the end of the year, 12 countries – in Africa, Asia and Latin America – had benefited from this effort.


GRIN-Global was developed to help those genebanks who, faced with limited resources, lack an adquate data management system to keep track of their crop collections.

Early in 2014, three GRIN-Global pilot deployment projects were completed – at CIP, CIAT and SPC. These efforts, along with other related consultations, provided the basis for the establishment of a two-year, GRIN-Global “frontrunner” position; its main objective is to coordinate and support the deployment of GRIN-Global in national genebanks. This position is based at CIMMYT, and co-supervised by CIMMYT and the Crop Trust.


‘Diversity Seek’ supports the use of ‘big data approaches’ to better explore the biological plant diversity stored in the world’s genebanks.

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In 2014, three events were organized – in the USA, Germany and Canada – in which experts from around the world met to advance the initiative. By year’s end, a draft DivSeek Charter had been developed and more than 60 partner organizations from around the world had voiced their interest in joining DivSeek.

“DivSeek is a visionary, highly strategic initiative that has great potential to help users of genebanks explore and use the hidden potential of the vast number of genetic resources in storage.” —Marie Haga

Under the guidance of the joint facilitation unit – composed of the Crop Trust, the ITPGRFA Secretariat, the Global Plant Council and the CGIAR Consortium Office – the communications team at the Crop Trust created the DivSeek logo, and developed the initial DivSeek website.

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