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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"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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Thank You

Who does the Crop Trust mean when we talk about ‘our’ accomplishments?

It’s much more than what the staff here in Bonn have achieved, and even more than what our many partners in the conservation world are achieving daily. These accomplishments also belong to our indispensable supporters. The growth of the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund has been strong over the past years, and gives us every expectation of reaching our target to secure the future of crop diversity conservation and use. Support for the Crop Trust’s operations and special projects, too, has been considerable, and enables our partners to do so much of the most urgent crop conservation work every single year.

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Because the Endowment Fund is a sustainable investment into the future of world agriculture that will support crop conservation forever, there are no small contributions. This year’s #givingtuesday campaign demonstrated that the will and support of every individual is just as valuable as large private sector commitment and government support, and can make just as big of a statement. Many more supporters have joined us around the world, and we thank you all.

New donors in 2014 included CropLife International, the German Plant Breeders’ Association, KWS Saat AG, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (for operational funding) and the Syngenta Foundation (for project funding). Please see our Funding Status as of 2014 for more details on our valuable supporters.

The global system for ex situ crop conservation is coming together in its design at this very moment, and together we will make it a permanent reality. That goal is within sight and we depend on your support to move forward on it.

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

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Thank you, in the name of the Crop Trust and in the name of future generations who will live on the food crops we conserve today.

Michael Koch
Finance Director

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