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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As it celebrates its first decade of work ensuring the conservation and availability of crop diversity worldwide, the Crop Trust began 2014 by welcoming six new members of its Executive Board. This brought more voices and more ideas to a stellar Board that drives and guides all of the Crop Trust’s endeavors – with help from their friends in the Donors’ Council.

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The Executive Board in Svalbard

The Executive Board of the Crop Trust began the year with some big events. First came the appointment of six extraordinary new members, chosen by the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and by the Crop Trust Donors’ Council. Then, in February, the new members joined the rest of the Board for their first meeting in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Alongside the agenda of the meeting itself this was a chance to encounter the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and its arctic environment for the board, invited observers and guests, and many of the Crop Trust staff.

Donors’ Council

Later in the year, in November, the Donors’ Council met in Rome. The Council convened with more than 40 representatives from current and potential new partners. Initially open to all partners who have provided at least $25,000 to the Crop Trust, the Donors’ Council meets yearly to maintain active engagement and review the organization’s progress. At this year’s meeting attendees elected The Netherlands to the Chairperson and Germany to the Vice-Chairperson positions, recognizing two important national supporters.

Acknowledging the rapid growth of the Trust in the last ten years and the many new partners getting involved, the Council endorsed changes to the body’s existing rules: members decided to raise the representation threshold for new private donors to $250,000, and stressed that the Crop Trust should apply due diligence procedures for new major private donors.

The Board Back in Bonn

The second Executive Board meeting of the year followed the very same week in Bonn. Back on familiar ground, the board reviewed a busy 2014 and wrapped up plans for the year ahead. Two more new members were invited to the Board, with the election by the Board of Knut Storberget, former Norwegian Government Minister, and the appointment by the Donors’ Council to the Board of Alexander Mueller, former State Secretary of Agriculture in Germany, further evidencing the Trust’s longstanding relationships with Germany and Norway.

Finally, the Board gave their stamp of approval to the redesigned Crop Trust logo and visual identity to be rolled out for 2015.

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