Annual Report 2014

“The Crop Trust is an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity, forever.” Marie Haga
Executive Director of the Crop Trust

Key figures

The Crop Trust Seed Vault

Crop varieties added + 38K

Number of new crop varieties added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault 38,052
International collections of crop diversity

Crop varieties distributed 124K

Samples distributed by international collections of crop diversity 124,084
Value of grants

Grants provided for conservation USD 25,1M

Value of grants Crop Trust provided to the global system for the conservation of crop diversity USD 25,149,745

Contributions + USD 3,7M

Contributions to the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund in 2014 USD 3,780,122
Varieties available

Varieties available 548K

Increase in varieties available in the international collections 497,850 to 548,102
Variety records added

New varieties in Genesys + 430K

Number of varieties added to Genesys in 2014 430,021
Training for collecting

Grants Provided for CollectingUSD 546K

Grants provided in support of collecting (including capacity building) USD 546K
Countries receiving variety samples

Countries receiving samples 112

Number of countries receiving samples from Crop Trust supported collections 112


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Walter Fust

"Plans to secure the future can grow from great ideas into great institutions."
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Marie Haga

"The year was all about convergence, about paths coming together."

What we do

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Global Genebank Partnership

"Genebanks ensure a diverse harvest for the future. The Crop Trust ensures a future of security and quality for genebanks."
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Crop Wild Relatives

"Saving agriculture's wild cousins."
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Information systems

"We need to know what we have in the world's genebanks."
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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

"Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, lies a fail-safe, last chance backup facility for the world’s crop diversity."

The Crop Trust

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"To see plans take shape, take a seat at the table with the Executive Board and the Donors’ Council."
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Human resources

"2014 marks the end of an important decade for the Crop Trust."
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"Two special events and a full agenda of other appearances mark a milestone in the life of the Crop Trust."

Securing our food, forever

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Thank you

"We need partners of every size, in every country, with genuine love for every crop that we protect."
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Take action

"Conserving crop diversity is the first and most crucial step to ensuring food security."


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Financial Statement

Grants to conserve crop diversity world wide increased in 2014
USD 23.3 Million
USD 25.1 Million


Crop Trust

Securing our food, forever

The Crop Trust is fortunate to have support from across the world all dedicated to the future of food security, agriculture and biodiversity.

The Crop Trust would like to thank the following people for their support for this year’s annual report: Ambassador Walter Fust, Professor Gebisa Ejeta, The Crop Trust Staff, The Genebank Managers of the CGIAR, Neil Palmer, Paul Cox, Epic Agency.

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Events and Celebrations

“2014 marks the end of an important decade for the Trust, and the food and agriculture global community; it has been a decade of ensuring conservation and availability of diverse crops for the world.” —H.E. Ms. Nomatemba Tambo,
Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Italy

The completion of ten years since the founding of the Crop Trust was no small milestone, and it couldn’t pass by without a party – or two. Separate events were held in two cities that are dear to the Crop Trust: Rome, Italy, where the organization was based for its first crucial years of existence, and Bonn, Germany, where the Secretariat operates today.

10th Anniversary Event in Rome

On May 9th, the official celebration was hosted by the South African Embassy in Rome. The event was attended by diplomats from the African Group, as well as Rome-based United Nations Agencies and other partners. The atmosphere was one of optimism for the years ahead. Attendees spoke from their diverse perspectives on the primacy of crop conservation and genetic resources for securing food and agriculture, and how the Crop Trust was making a difference in efforts to conserve this diversity worldwide.

‘A Vault of Life’

Another anniversary event was held in Bonn on June 24th. Dr. Ola T. Westengen, the Coordinator of Operation and Management at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, led a seminar to introduce the Vault to the public in the Crop Trust’s own hometown. The ideal setting for this was the Bonn Botanic Garden, a historic garden that itself conserves thousands of plants from around the world.

Conservation On Tour

The Crop Trust appeared in public events in other cities this year, as well, bringing the conversation about diversity to significant fora on agriculture and development.

In June, staff joined GIZ, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, in Berlin for an informational event on the role of crop diversity for food security. This was a prelude to Berlin’s Green Week and the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, where the Crop Trust maintained an active and visible presence. In November staff visited the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai to speak on the fundamental role of crop collections in facing the challenges of agriculture in the Middle East.

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Finally, Executive Director Marie Haga made multiple appearances in New York City, and to great effect. Accepting one of the few invitations extended to organizations to speak to the Open Working Group drafting the new Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations, Marie argued for the necessity of crop diversity as a global common good, crucial to meeting development goals amid what she called one of agriculture’s “biggest challenges ever”.

“Producing sufficient, nutritious food can never be taken for granted, but it will be even harder in the years ahead. We see crop diversity as the basis for the link between environment, economy and livelihood.” —Marie Haga

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This perspective was ultimately reflected in the draft text for the Sustainable Development Goals – an outcome that couldn’t be better for a year spent sharing the promise of crop diversity.

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