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The Establishment of the Crop Trust

The Global Crop Diversity Trust was established in October 2004 as an independent organization under international law. This status was conferred on it through the signing of an Establishment Agreement by seven states from five of the regions referred to in the basic texts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Twenty-eight countries have signed, or acceded to, the Crop Trust’s Establishment Agreement:

  • Egypt (1 April 2004)
  • Cape Verde (1 April 2004)
  • Jordan (15 April 2004)
  • Togo (4 May 2004)
  • Morocco (21 June 2004)
  • Syria (25 June 2004)
  • Samoa (29 June 2004)
  • Ethiopia (9 July 2004)
  • Tonga (23 August 2004)
  • Peru (23 August 2004)
  • Mali (6 October 2004)
  • Ecuador (7 October 2004)
  • Colombia (21 October 2004)
  • Sweden (21 October 2004)
  • Mauritius (24 November 2004)
  • Serbia and Montenegro (24 November 2004)
  • Cameroon (14 February 2005)
  • Cambodia (6 May 2005)
  • Pakistan (23 May 2005)
  • Romania (22 June 2005)
  • Uganda (14 September 2005)
  • Kenya (15 February 2006)
  • Australia (22 September 2006)
  • Ghana (6 September 2006)
  • India (9 January 2007)
  • Switzerland (29 October 2007)
  • Slovakia (28 May 2010)
  • Germany (11 December 2012)

Although the Crop Trust is not actively seeking further accessions, the Establishment Agreement remains open, and points that can be used for drafting a cabinet submission and instrument of accession can be downloaded below: