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



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Letter from the Chair of the Executive Board

2015 was a year for commitment. On a global scale, the nations of the world committed to a set of Sustainable Development Goals and to action against the catastrophe of climate change. At the Crop Trust, our own goals are firmly established after a decade of work – our commitment is in following through.

Last year, the Executive Board abided by a commitment to governance that keeps collaboration at the heart of the conservation of crop diversity. We held a joint meeting with the Crop Trust Donors’ Council in Rome to maintain a focus on our shared priorities. In Peru, we got together with other collaborators, including the International Potato Center (CIP) and the stewards of the Potato Park in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas. It was rewarding in the utmost to engage with new faces and voices from among our donor partners as well as those working season after season with the crops that feed us.

Meanwhile, Executive Director Marie Haga carried her commitment to leadership far and wide – to more destinations than the rest of us can keep track of. She introduced the topic of crop diversity to the European Parliament in Brussels, to the UK Parliament in London, and to stakeholders in Chile, Ethiopia, and India, to give just a short list. Everywhere she went, she found wonderful collaborators and eager partners, both familiar and new.

Like Marie, all of the Crop Trust staff are committed to safeguarding and making available the agro-biodiversity that lies at the very root of sustainable development and climate adaptation alike. Conserving crop diversity is one of the defining issues of our times. The Crop Trust asserted that message in 2015 with the unveiling of a new brand identity; with the launch of a global awareness campaign, #CropsInColor; but most of all, with the work its staff do and the initiatives they support.

Real progress is made in many, many countries, in concert with partners big and small who, like us, believe that now is the time to act. It’s made in genebanks and conference rooms, in agricultural fields, in our secretariat in Bonn, and in parliaments of developed and developing nations.

All of these efforts are driven by one shared commitment: our commitment to everyone who needs and uses crop diversity. This year we continued to build up our support to crop collections, their inter-linkage in a global system for ex situ conservation, and the accessibility of all the diversity they hold. This is a system that serves plant breeders, farmers – ultimately, all of us. We know we need it, and, more than ever, we know what it looks like.


Ambassador Walter Fust

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