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Finance and investments

It was a challenging year for investment markets due to geopolitical turmoil, rising interest rates and inflationary pressures. However, the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund was set up with a long-term…

No data? No conservation.

Information systems are central to the effective conservation and use of plant genetic resources, whether at the level of the individual collection, using the likes of GRIN-Global, or at a global…

Partnerships and organizational news

The Crop Trust made a number of important institutional strides forward in 2022, including: receiving an endowment contribution from a private company; signing of a memorandum of understanding with…

Banking on African heritage

Seeds for Resilience is a five-year project supporting collections of key crops identified by partner genebanks in five sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia. In…

Man in field observing green plants.

Our work

The need to conserve crop diversity within a rational, efficient global system has been recognized in various international agreements


The Crop Trust, along with its strategic partners, is developing conservation strategies to protect the genetic diversity of the world’s food crops. This initiative is funded by the German Federal…


The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

In 2022, no fewer than 30 genebanks from 28 countries deposited a total of nearly 85,000 seed samples in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The Sweetpotato Project

Sweetpotato is a nutritious staple across Africa, but its diversity is under threat. To safeguard it forever, partners are coming together to ​test​ a model that could work not only for sweetpotato…

Sweetpotato multiplication for genebank. International Potato Center (CIP), Lima Peru. Photo Michael Major for Crop Trust
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