The Emergency Reserve for Genebanks

The Emergency Reserve will provide rapid, short-term and urgent support to seed collections in the global system.

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The Emergency Reserve for Genebanks

Genebanks are the foundation of the world’s food supply. They conserve the diversity of crops and their undomesticated cousins and make it available to researchers, breeders and farmers, helping our food systems adapt to the ever-increasing challenges of climate change.

Yet, such collections are not indestructible. Natural disasters, political crises, pest and disease outbreaks, equipment failure and, most recently, the challenges caused by the global pandemic can place them in jeopardy and trigger catastrophic loss of the invaluable resources they conserve.

The permanent loss of crop diversity makes it harder to develop new crops that can withstand climate change and feed a growing world population.

To counter this threat, the Crop Trust and the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Plant Treaty) have launched the world’s first facility to provide financial support to genebanks under imminent threat. The Emergency Reserve will provide urgent funding for genebanks to ensure they can respond swiftly to emergency situations.

A simplified procedure with the eligibility criteria and the different modalities of operations according to the type of intervention and the amount to be disbursed has been developed (see:


To inquire about grant eligibility or any other enquiries, please send an email to with the subject line “Emergency Reserve”.

For media inquiries, please contact either or Jade Pallister (+44 (0) 7940211602).

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