Annual Report 2015

“The Crop Trust is fortunate to have support from across the world.” Marie Haga
Executive Director of the Crop Trust

Key figures

The Crop Trust Seed Vault

Crop Varieties sent from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Morocco and Lebanon38,073

Varieties available

Varieties available 572,425

Crop Varieties Available in International Collections

Grant Expenditure Provided for Conservation USD 28.4M

Grant Expenditure Provided to Conserve Crop Diversity Globally
USD 28.4M
Training for collecting

Collecting Guides Developed14

Country Specific Collecting Guides for Crop Wild Relatives Developed
Countries receiving variety samples

Countries receiving samples 114

Number of countries receiving samples from Crop Trust supported collections
Variety records added

Grant Expenditure Provided for Gap Filling USD 1.375M

Grant Expenditure provided in support of collecting and conserving crop wild relatives (including capacity building)
USD 1.375M


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Walter Fust

"Crop diversity is one of the defining issues of our times."
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Marie Haga

"The global system we are building together is all at once inspiring, exciting, and absolutely essential."

What we do Pt. 1

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Global Genebank Partnership

"It is both individual and collective genebank efforts that are bringing crop conservation into the twenty-first century."
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Crop Wild Relatives

"An ambitious idea to adapt agriculture has become a reality."
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

"The Seed Vault made history in 2015 with the first ever seed retrieval."

What we do Pt. 2

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Information Systems

"Managing data within the walls of a genebank, and sharing that data with the world, are two different, but not isolated, challenges."
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Quality Management Systems

"You set new goals as time goes by, so you are on a constant, steady course of improvement."
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Global Strategies

"Building a global system for conservation requires strategic thinking."

The Crop Trust

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"You set new goals as time goes by, so you are on a constant, steady course of improvement."
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Human resources

Being small in number, we depend on the exceptional competence and commitment of our staff.
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"All our governance activities were organized with a dedication to keeping the Crop Trust’s decision-making open."

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Take action

"A world that loses diversity, loses options for the future."
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Spreading The Message

"Why is it so important to safeguard crop diversity?"
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Thank you

"We often say that we are a small organization with a big job. We don’t mean it as a complaint; that is how we always planned it to be. It means that we don’t need a lot of support, but our mission does."


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Financial Statement

Grants to conserve crop diversity world wide increased in 2015
USD 25.1 Million
USD 28.4 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, Sir Peter Crane, The Crop Trust Staff, the Genebank Managers of the CGIAR, Paul Cox, Epic Agency, Getty Images Reportage.

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Highlights of the year


What we do Pt. 2

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What we do Pt. 2:

Global Strategies

In the first years of its existence, between 2004 and 2010, the Crop Trust gathered together groups of experts to develop a series of global conservation strategies. One crop at a time, these documents captured the state of worldwide collections and mapped out the possibilities for a more rational and connected global system.

“For some crops of global importance, like maize or rice, much of the important diversity is housed in one or two global genebanks. For others, national and regional collections hold larger portions of the global diversity in the Multilateral System of the International Treaty, and it is especially important that these actors coordinate to make the best use of resources that are unfortunately always more limited than one would wish.” -Paula Bramel, Crop Trust Scientific Advisor

This year we again put existing strategies to use in targeting much-needed action, and began work on new ones for very different types of crops. A strategy was completed for Bambara groundnut, a hardy legume crop precious to subsistence farmers across western and southern Africa. Apple experts flocked to a workshop in Bologna, Italy to discuss plans to save the celebrated diversity of this iconic fruit.

In Bonn, we held a first meeting for tropical and sub-tropical forages, and we now have a preliminary summary report on the status of ex situ collections. Based on that, and the ensuing discussions, a workplan was put in place for systematically securing the diverse plants that power sustainable livestock production across the planet.

The global strategy for coconut, first drafted in 2008, reflected the conservation community’s concerns about the vulnerability of the crucial South Pacific coconut genebank in Papua New Guinea. In 2015, this large and unique field collection continued to be threatened by the spread of Bogia Coconut Syndrome from surrounding areas. The Crop Trust convened a meeting at the site of the genebank where 27 participants from international and national institutes could assess the problem for themselves and work out a rescue plan.

Lastly, this year we drew on our experience with the crop-by-crop global strategies to finalize a new Global System Strategy, laying out an agenda for how to best target Crop Trust funding for long-term conservation.

A global system for conservation cannot be built without clear, transparent, strategic thinking, and the global crop strategies give us all the opportunity to do just that.

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