What we do - International Genebank
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The need to conserve crop diversity within a rational, efficient global system has been recognized in various international agreements, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Crop Trust’s work responds to this urgent call to action.

We fund the world’s most important genebanks from the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund, but our work does not end there. The Crop Trust also implements projects to address gaps in the global system for the conservation of crop diversity. We support the ultimate failsafe for these and other collections in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, backing up seeds from almost every country in the Arctic permafrost against an uncertain future.

We race to rescue crop diversity in danger of disappearing forever. We pursue conservation and use of the wild cousins of our food crops. And we help develop a new generation of information technologies to make the world’s crop diversity searchable and accessible wherever it is needed.


  • The Interactive Map

    Explore the countries, crops and genebanks we work with around the world. Learn more about the threats facing the biodiversity of our food crops. Read impact stories about crop diversity being put to use across the globe, and learn more about how you can help.

  • The Project Database

    Find key historical information on projects coordinated by the Crop Trust under the CGIAR genebanks, the Crop Wild Relatives Program, the Global Systems Project and more. We’ve coordinated 311 projects to date, with 165 partner institutes in 80 countries.