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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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Crop Trust continues to support the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in partnership with the Norwegian government and the Nordic Genetic Resources Center (NordGen). The Crop Trust has funded a portion of the operation costs of the Seed Vault since its inception in 2008. The Crop Trust has also funded the shipment of more than 500,000 varieties for safety-backup in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Number of varieties conserved in the Seed Vault at the end of 2014
First time deposits to the Seed Vault
Japan & India

The Seed Vault in 2014

In 2014, the Seed Vault was opened in February, April and October for deposits from 15 institutions, including first time deposits from globally significant collections in Japan and India. A total of 38,052 accessions were added to the vault, increasing the total number to 839,801 by the end of 2014.

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February 2014 Deposit

In February, major deposits to the Seed Vault were seen from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (Mexico), the Australian Grains Genebank, the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (Syria). In one of the boxes from the Australian Grains Genebank lies a sample of seeds from the farm of Executive Board Member, Ambassador Tim Fischer.

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April 2014 Deposit

A box containing 25 accessions of pigeon pea represents the first-ever seed deposit from India to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in April 2014. Pigeon pea – scientific name: Cajanus cajan – is an important crop for small-scale farmers in semi-arid areas. It is drought resistant and can be grown in areas with less than 65 centimeters of annual rainfall.

October 2014 Deposit

Coinciding with World Food Day, the Seed Vault accepted more than 10,000 accessions from four major genebanks based in Bulgaria, Colombia, India, and Taiwan. The deposit included varieties of wheat, barley, maize, cowpeas, sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeon pea, groundnut, eggplant, and a number of traditional African vegetables, including okra, amaranth, spider plant, and jute mallow.

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