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 Chair of the Board

This year, at a celebration in Rome, we marked ten years in the life of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. In the world of conservation and genetic resources a decade is a short span of time. For a cereal crop like wheat, ten years is the time it can take to breed a single new variety (though new advances in breeding are shortening that cycle). For a crop like coconut, it may take ten years for a single plant to bear fruit. In world events, however, a whole lot can happen in ten years. A global economy can fall into crisis and recover; climate chaos, and our awareness of it, can redouble; and plans to secure the future can grow from great ideas into great institutions.

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In these first ten years the Crop Trust has done much more than come into existence. It has rescued up to 80,000 varieties of crops from the brink of disappearance. It has provided more than USD 100 million to ensure the conservation of crop diversity globally. It has helped to safeguard 839,000 backup samples of seed in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, agriculture’s ultimate failsafe. This year we celebrated these achievements – while continuing to achieve yet more. The Executive Board made a decision to mark the anniversary with a new logo and visual identity that reflects a dynamic and refreshed Crop Trust, reaching out to the world. With ten great years behind us, we acknowledge the commitment of the governments and partners who continue to make our mission possible.

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We encountered this commitment everywhere the Crop Trust went this year: in visits to capitals and CGIAR centers in Latin America, at special events in Dubai and Berlin, and in response to published op-eds and online conversations by us and our partners.

The Board ourselves ventured north to Svalbard in February for an encounter with one of the most impressive outcomes of this decade of work, the Seed Vault. This was an unforgettable reminder of the solid accomplishments that have come out of the big idea of a global system to conserve crop diversity forever. The system is real, and the work that goes into nurturing and safeguarding it is just as real.

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By presenting this year’s annual report as a showcase of words, videos and images from inside the Crop Trust’s global effort, we hope to introduce you to some of the people engaged in this work and give them a chance to share their accomplishments this year.


Ambassador Walter Fust

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