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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Highlights of the year



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Running the Numbers

The Crop Trust continued its program of providing long-term sustainable funding to the world’s most important collections of crop diversity; collections of banana, barley, bean, cassava, chickpea, edible aroids, faba bean, forages, grasspea, lentil, maize, pearl millet, rice, sorghum, sweet potato, wheat and yam, were supported in 2014.

Grants to conserve crop diversity world wide increased…
2013 USD 23.3M
2014 USD 25.1M

In 2014, the Crop Trust provided more than USD 25 million to fund the global system for the conservation of crop diversity for genebank operations, capacity building, staffing, collecting and prebreeding. These grants employed more than 1,000 people across the globe.

In 2014, implementation of the Fundraising Strategy continued with outreach to potential donor governments and private donors including foundations, corporations, industry associations as well as Family Offices and high-net-worth individuals. Rebuilding relationships with current and prospective partners required an up-front investment in fundraising and communication activities towards the goal of raising the endowment to USD 500 million by the end of 2016.

Operational Expenditures as a percentage of Total Expenditures

The Crop Diversity Endowment Fund

In 2014, the Crop Trust received contributions from the United States of America, Crop Life International, the Bundesverband Deutscher Planzenzuechter and KWS SAAT AG. At the end of 2014, the balance of the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund was USD 169,737,546.

The Investment Objectives and Policies of the Crop Trust permit the annual withdrawal of up to 4% of the average market value of the Endowment Fund over the previous twelve quarters. In 2014, only 3.5% was released, funded by investment income earned in 2014 and by Endowment Fund capital.

Withdrawal from the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund in 2014

The Crop Trust is an official signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI), an international framework for incorporating sustainability into investment decision-making. The Crop Trust believes that application of the UN PRI Principles improves alignment of the investment portfolio with its overall mission and with the broader objectives of society. 

The Environmental, Social and Governance principles of investing were incorporated into the Crop Trust’s Investment Policy Statement in 2014, and all investment managers have been informed of our status as a UNPRI signatory to promote the acceptance and implementation of the principles within the investment industry.

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The Finance and Investment Committee of the Executive Board of the Crop Trust is responsible for matters relating to the financial affairs of the organization encompassing the areas of strategic financial planning, resource management, treasury management, investment and financial risk management, financial monitoring and policy related issues and to provide timely advice to the Board on areas within its remit.

The Crop Trust works closely with its investment advisors to manage the portfolio and monitor investment risks. We report quarterly to the Crop Trust’s Finance and Investment Committee who then reports to the Executive Board. The following table represents the composition of the invested portion of the endowment fund at market value.

Composition of the invested portions of the Endowment Fund

31/12/2014 31/12/2013
Equities 81,514,776 77,686,932
Bonds 68,628,628 59,983,273
Commodities 5,235,489 4,694,726
Cash 14,358,653 27,188,527
Total 169,737,546 169,553,458

The financial statements of the Crop Trust are prepared with reference to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). However, since existing IFRS do not cover issues unique to not-for-profit organizations, the Crop Trust has drawn from other widely used standards (such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC)) to provide guidance on issues of importance that are not yet addressed by existing IFRS.  A detailed review was undertaken by the Finance & Investment Committee during 2014, and considered by the Executive Board which outlined the major changes that would need to be made to our current policies and the benefits and risks of applying full IFRS along with other issues to be taken into consideration if a move to full IFRS is adopted.

PWC have confirmed that the Crop Trust’s accounting policies are clear, transparent and easy to read and they have also confirmed that there is no requirement for us to comply with full IFRS at this time.  The Finance Office, in collaboration with PWC, will continue to ensure that the accounting policies being applied in the financial statements are consistent with best practice, and IFRS, where possible.

Financial Audit

Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Crop Trust’s external auditors since 2013, have audited the financial statements of the Global Crop Diversity Trust for 2014 and provided the following unqualified audit opinion.

The full Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report can be downloaded below.

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