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.

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 7
53113 Bonn, Germany

Highlights of the year


The Crop Trust

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Crop Trust Governance

There was something striking about our governance activities this year: they were not the Crop Trust’s alone. It all started on 16 January with the first Global Stakeholder Discussion in Berlin, where a diverse gathering weighed in on our core work of providing oversight and funding to international crop collections, and contributed to a methodology we can use to identify other collections for long-term funding.

In March, the Executive Board met in Lima, Peru. The city was chosen for a very good reason. Along with discussions on how the Board envisages the global system for conservation and availability of crop diversity, there was also a local focus. The Board took a close look at the operations of the International Potato Center (CIP), the largest global collection of this hugely important crop (along with other Andean roots and tubers and that important tropical counterpart, the sweet potato). Board members also visited the Potato Park near Cuzco and held discussions with the indigenous farmers who manage it.

Another Stakeholder Meeting brought participants to Rome in May. This time, the consultations began with the Crop Wild Relatives project – its needs, possibilities, and the roles for partners within it. Discussions continued on to the subject of information systems, and how stakeholders can use GRIN-Global, Genesys and DivSeek as these continue in their development.

Rome also hosted the Executive Board for their second convening of the year in October. Again, the Board did not sit alone. They were joined by the Donors’ Council for the first joint meeting of the Crop Trust’s two main governing bodies. Meeting together was a reminder of their shared vision and allowed for an open, productive discussion of critical, substantive issues such as a strengthened role for the Donors’ Council and the potential for donors’ concessional loans to the Crop Trust Endowment.

We want to keep the Crop Trust’s decision-making open to its partners and stakeholders, and the way we organized these gatherings is testament to that dedication. It also came through in three separate external reviews that all took place in 2015, which affirmed in particular the efficiency of the Crop Trust’s operations and the soundness of its financial processes. CGIAR conducted an external audit, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) carried out a review on behalf of Norway, one of the Crop Trust’s most important donors. We also received with pleasure a study on the Crop Trust from our host nation, contracted by the German development bank KfW, confirming the solidity of our strategy and operations.

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