Stories
  • Accelerate action for our future - Frontiers of change #GLFClimate conference.
    GLF Climate: Forests, Food, Finance – Frontiers of Change

    From November 5 to 7, climate heroes are gathering virtually and in Glasgow, UK at the Global Landscapes Forum Climate Conference, happening alongside COP26. Over the three days, participants will review country commitments, address challenges to climate action and showcase efforts to develop climate-smart landscapes.

    Join our two virtual sessions!

  • Protecting Your Halloween Pumpkin from Climate Change

    Halloween is almost here, and many of us will celebrate this autumn festival by carving a pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern. But as you light a candle to place inside, spare a thought for the future of this versatile crop and its cousins.

  • World Food Day 2021: CIP-Matilde

    This World Food Day (16 October 2021), the Crop Trust and the International Potato Center (CIP) are announcing a new potato variety for farmers everywhere. World, meet CIP-Matilde, a potato variety that can almost completely withstand late blight, a disease that commonly destroys potatoes.

  • Grant for the Regeneration of Crop Diversity and Safety Duplication at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    We are launching a competitive grants scheme to support collection holders in low- and middle-income countries to regenerate their relevant seed collections and duplicate them at the Seed Vault.
    Under-represented collection holders, such as universities and Indigenous/community seed banks, are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Seeds have never been so important, we must save what's left of Earth's crop diversity
    BOLD - a groundbreaking 10-year project to combat climate change

    BOLD (Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development) is a groundbreaking 10-year project to strengthen food and nutrition security worldwide by supporting the conservation and use of crop diversity.

  • Regaining Momentum for Agrobiodiversity Conservation at the UN Food Systems Summit

    The upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) could mark a turning point for how we solve some of our most pressing global crises—if we can rise to the occasion.

  • Time to Act: Natural Disasters Underscore Climate Emergency

    As I write this, fires rage in Greece and Turkey, provoked by drought and searing heat waves. During the last couple of months, parts of Canada and the United States have also been hit by deadly heat waves, drought and raging wildfires, with temperatures far exceeding 40° Celsius in some areas.

  • UNFSS Pre-Summit

    The Crop Trust participates in the Pre-Summit to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

  • Why Crop Diversity Matters for Restoring Africa’s Drylands

    The Crop Trust hosted two sessions for the global event GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands in June 2021. Éliane Ubalijoro, a Crop Trust Executive Board Member, reflects on the lessons highlighted, the importance of crop diversity and the role of Africa’s smallholder farmers and genebanks in protecting that diversity now and for future generations.

  • A Window of Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

    Our Executive Director Stefan Schmitz reflects on some signs of positive change in our global fight against climate change.

  • 16 Women Scientists Securing the Future of our Food

    This International Day of Women and Girls in Science we’re highlighting some of our past interviews with women who work to conserve the world’s seeds.

  • Crop Science Special Issue Shows Why Crops Need to Get Wild

    When the growing get’s tough, the tough get pre-breeding. Read more about the work done by Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project partners around the world to improve our crops.

  • US Crop Wild Relatives Desperately Need Conserving

    The crop wild relatives found throughout the United States are at risk and in dire need of conservation.

  • Food Planet Prize 2020

    The Global Crop Diversity Trust is honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2020 Food Planet Prize, which was established by the Curt Bergfors Foundation in Sweden.

  • Launch of Svalbard's 100-Year Seed Experiment

    Seed longevity is one of the core concerns of long-term seed conservation. But how long does a seed remain viable? The NordGen-led, 100-year seed experiment at Svalbard Global Seed Vault aims to answer that question.

  • All Hail the Rise of the Climate-Smart Potato

    The potential of the potato has only just begun to be realized. Using the diversity found within this crop, scientists are developing climate-smart, disease-resistant potatoes to improve nutrition and food security.

  • Why Global Food Systems Should Resemble Those of the Indigenous Peoples

    Indigenous peoples are the original innovators for human nutrition, climate adaptation and survival in the face of dangerous change. There is much to learn from the world’s Indigenous communities, especially when it comes to resilience in food systems.

  • Building Capacity in Collecting and Conserving Crop Wild Relatives

    How do you go about finding and collecting seeds from a scraggly looking crop wild relative in a prairie or a tropical forest, when you’ve never done it before? Once you’ve collected them, how do you keep track of the seeds conserved in your genebank? These are but two of the key questions that have been addressed in numerous workshops that have been carried out worldwide as part of the Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project.

  • Expanding and Improving Genesys

    New updates to the online portal for information on genebank samples make it easier for users to find the accessions they need.

  • One Thing Underpins the Food System We Need

    Another day, another report telling us that the food system must change. The latest is from the U.N. Committee on World Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE). The report makes a series of concrete suggestions to policy-makers for meeting the SDGs by 2030. Crop Trust’s Director of Science, Luigi Guarino, comments.

  • Back from the Brink: The Bermuda Bean

    This national Eat Bean Day, we’re taking a look at a wild bean variety from Bermuda.

  • A Haven of Diversity

    For the International Day of the Tropics, we’re taking a look at the genebank on the tropical islands of Fiji, the Center of Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) of the Pacific Community (SPC).

  • Sustainable Gastronomy Day

    We’re celebrating this observance by looking back at the tasty dishes chefs Ada Parellada and Ska Mirriam Moteane cooked for the GLF Bonn 2020 digital conference.

  • A Sunflower Story

    Early this year, the Crop Trust visited Argentina, where our Crop Wild Relatives Project pre-breeding partners from the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) are evaluating hundreds of new crosses between wild and domesticated sunflowers, searching for resistance against three of the most harmful diseases affecting global production.

  • Rethinking Global Food Systems

    At the Global Landscapes Forum #GLFBonn2020 digital conference, Crop Trust Executive Director, Stefan Schmitz, gave an inspirational talk about why we need to rethink our global food systems, and what role crop diversity plays.