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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53113 Bonn, Germany

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Human resources

The Crop Trust secretariat remains small in size, with 26 staff members and two fellows working in Bonn. Being small in number, we depend on the exceptional competence and commitment of our staff. We are in turn committed to our staff, developing continuing training programs and encouraging their ongoing professional and personal growth through both corporate and individual training opportunities. In September, an on-site course brought all staff together to share strategies in personal and team time management. Five individual development proposals were funded – for in-depth project management training, event management skills, software knowledge and courses towards professional accounting qualifications.

As an international organization, we revel in great diversity, with 15 nationalities represented on our staff. Thanks to this diversity and our inclusive culture, we benefit from a wide range of ideas, views and experiences, adding value to our Organization and strengthening our ability to work with partners globally. The Crop Trust has great gender balance, including in executive and other decision-making positions.

Although English is the Crop Trust’s official working language, our diverse staff bring an exceptional range of other language skills to the Organization including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Dari, Filipino, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Lamnso, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Slovene, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, and Urdu.

The close collaboration of staff at the Crop Trust is especially important, given our small size, and because we are always on the move. With colleagues constantly traveling around the world to work with our partners, staff has to keep informed about each others’ work and must be able to multi-task and provide backup to colleagues. We believe that a tightly knit staff who share common objectives, while complementing each other in knowledge and expertise, make the Secretariat more than the sum of its parts.

The power of networking is well understood by Peter Wenzl, who joined the Science Team in January. Having previously led a large genomics for genebank collections project at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), he now acts as our Liaison to the DivSeek initiative. He is an expert in finding connections at multiple levels – whether between data points in complex datasets, or between people or projects. It’s no coincidence that he has fit right into our own network.

“I’ve been profoundly impressed by the community spirit that links genetic resources aficionados across countries and organizations, including the Crop Trust.” —Peter Wenzl

In May, Nelissa Jamora joined the Science Team as a “fellow,” to undertake a review of the literature on the impacts of crop diversity, genebanks, and the Crop Trust’s work. She has had a great impact of her own. A number of interns also joined us during the summer to assist with communications and impact assessment research.

Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee provides a student every year under the Cary Fowler ’71 Environmental Studies International Fellowship. The third person to participate in this fellowship program, Julia Greene, completed her assignment with the Partnerships and Communications Team in July. A valuable asset to the Crop Trust, Julia was thereafter hired for another year to assist the team in its fundraising efforts. The 2015/16 Rhodes fellow, Cierra Martin, joined the team in August, and has proved essential on the communications front.

The quality of our fellows and interns alike has been exceptional, and all have provided outstanding contributions. Support to staff resources by partners like Rhodes College is what allows us to operate with a small, focused, world-class team.

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