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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Letter from the Executive Director

For the Crop Trust, 2014 was a year of meetings. While that may sound like a funny way to introduce an annual report, it’s the truth, in the widest sense of the word meeting: the year was all about convergence, about paths coming together. People came together, countries came together, understandings came together, and plans for the future came together.

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Sometimes these meetings really did just mean sitting down around a table. But bringing the right people to the right table is a plenty powerful thing – it is, in fact, exactly how the global system of conservation has come into being. This year we built closer relationships with our partners and were honored to meet many new ones: governments, research and conservation organizations, and the private sector. We found and strengthened a shared vision of diversity-in-action from Colombia and China to Arusha and Dubai. The vision was most powerfully expressed at the United Nations in this year’s drafting of the Sustainable Development Goals. This, one of our current decade’s most open and crucial collaborative processes, is producing a loud and clear statement on the importance of conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. There is a true global consensus that food security will not be achieved without action to safeguard crop diversity.

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Action itself made up the rest of our year. In 2014, the Crop Trust provided $2.487 million in long-term grants to support the operation of twenty crop collections as well as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. We brought more seeds to the vault, including first-time deposits from India and Japan and most of the remaining duplicated material from the ICARDA genebank in Syria. We strengthened genebank performance standards and monitoring with an improved online reporting system, oversaw three reviews of genebanks, and built the capacity of national systems – building the collaboration and efficiency that makes a global system work. The Crop Wild Relatives project moved ahead at full momentum as our partners all over the world launched into vital collecting and pre-breeding efforts. And genebank collections became more connected on the level of data, too, with the unveiling of an updated Genesys and the new DivSeek initiative.

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Amid the relationships we built this year, and everything we achieved together, we were sad to say goodbye to Jane Toll, who retired after a career spent at the leading edge of crop diversity conservation. Yet there were also new colleagues to welcome – like Janny van Beem, our new expert in genebank quality management. Janny arrived at just the right time to join our incomparable team as we forge further ahead with the nuts-and-bolts work of constructing a high quality global system to safeguard the foundations of agriculture.

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It is wonderful to come together with so many partners and realize our common vision of shared global crop diversity; it’s even more wonderful to turn that realization into a shared reality.

This year we have seen our convictions take root, and we have planted the seeds for so much yet to come.



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