Annual Report 2016
"2016 was one of the most iconic years in the organization’s history to date."Marie Haga
Executive director of the Crop Trust
Crop varieties added+43K
Crop Wild Relatives collected1,5K
Grants provided for conservationUSD 32,4M
Contributions+ USD 23,9M
Updated accessions in Genesys2,1M
Crop accessions distributed72K
Countries receiving samples102
"We on the Executive Board certainly felt the energy this year, and also the heat."
"Vavilov's insight, that crops are citizens of the world, still holds the power to inspire."
What we do
Global Genebank Partnership
The Crop Trust is building an effective, sustainable global system to conserve the world’s crop diversity forever.
Quality Management Systems
“If you’re a genebank, however small, you need a quality management system. You can’t leave anything to chance. Seeds are too precious.”
Crop Wild Relatives
"The future of food fundamentally depends on these plants, and we all share a common interest in ensuring their productivity and resilience."
What we do
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
“In a rapidly changing world, it’s wonderful to see a renewed commitment from partners to safeguard their resources in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault."
“It doesn’t help to have the most perfect crop collections in the world, if no one knows what they contain. That is why information systems are so important.”
The result of global conservation strategies is an improved understanding of threats to diversity and an actionable strategy for progress.
The Crop Trust
“The Crop Trust is very fortunate to benefit from a multifaceted and inclusive governance structure.”
The Crop Trust is committed to securing our food, together.
"2016 was one of the most iconic years in the organization’s history to date. I am extremely proud of the strides we made in growing our ever-important network of partners."
The effects of climate change put crop diversity front and center. Diverse crops enable farmers to provide adequate food and nutrition, not only for their families but for others as well.
Spreading the message
It matters not what continent we live in, nor where our favorite crop comes from – e.g. maize from Mesoamerica, rice from Southeast Asia, wheat from the Fertile Crescent. We all eat. And we all benefit from crop diversity.
We are deeply grateful for all contributions and pledges of all sizes because they show the continued power of the hope we all share, a hope for a food secure world.
Grants to conserve crop diversity world wide increased in 2016
Securing our food, forever
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The Crop Trust is fortunate to have support from across the world all dedicated to realizing one common vision: a food secure world.
The Crop Trust would like to thank the following people for their support for this year’s annual report: Ambassador Walter Fust, Mary Ann Sayoc, the Crop Trust Staff, Scriptoria, Epic Agency, In Fine Co/Creative Agency and Getty Images Reportage.
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Spreading the message
There is often a large disconnect between the crops being conserved and utilized in genebanks and the foods that people put on their plates. Yet the two could not be more tightly linked. Our communication efforts in 2016 aimed to highlight this connection and raise awareness of the important role crop diversity plays for all of our food, now and in the future.
Our activities throughout the year continued to receive major media attention and even introduced new champions for our cause, highlighting that now – more than ever – people are recognizing the value and urgency of conserving agro-biodiversity, and are speaking up.
An Expanded News Center
To better address our growing audience, we expanded our online news section and Crop Topics newsletter in 2016 to include a Science Blog penned by Luigi Guarino, Crop Trust Science and Programs Director, and a Spotlight where we interview leaders from other sectors, such as journalists, chefs and innovators, who are also committed to safeguarding crop diversity.
We continued our #CropsInColor campaign, funded in part by DuPont Pioneer, and expanded our photographic storytelling efforts with a new interactive platform. As a result, we now have our first three interactive stories online as well as two videos from the #CropsInColor campaign, celebrating maize diversity in Latin America and cassava diversity in Southern Africa. In addition to the videos, we published six #CropsInColor image galleries throughout the year.
Supporters and friends – old and new – helped us make the case for conserving crop diversity throughout 2016.
At our Pledging Conference in April we were excited to share a video address by H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius, and keynote speeches by Jan Eliasson, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Ewen McDonald, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia. Key media pieces published as a result of the conference included:
- An extensive article in The Washington Post
- A feature in Yale Environment 360
- An op-ed in Kyodo News penned by Crop Trust Executive Director, Marie Haga, highlighting Japan’s new regional project for African rice
- News pieces in Barista Magazine, Coffee and Cocoa International and Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine announcing a new collaboration between the Crop Trust and World Coffee Research
Later in the year, another compelling opinion piece was jointly penned by Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International, and our Executive Director, Marie Haga, for SciDev.Net in conjunction with the first International Agro-biodiversity Congress in New Delhi, India.
On the technical side, the Crop Trust contributed to the release of two major papers in 2016 that garnered a lot of media attention.
The first, the publication of the CWR Gap Analysis study in Nature Plants, received the largest amount of press the Crop Wild Relatives Project has witnessed to date. Highlights included pieces in BBC News, National Geographic and SciDev.Net, and op-eds by the Crop Trust’s former Executive Director, Geoff Hawtin, and current Executive Director, Marie Haga.
The second, a study on the origins and interconnectedness of our food crops, carried out by the Crop Trust, CIAT and several universities, was published in the research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The study was the second-most-seen article in the publication’s history, and was covered in 74 news outlets, including noteworthy pieces in BBC News, The Washington Post, National Geographic and National Public Radio.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was once again a popular news focus over the course of the year, with coverage of the first seed deposit of 2016 and a TV special about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on Brazil’s TV Globo. Of particular note is an AJ+ video that went viral on Facebook: it was viewed 30 million times, with more than 370,000 shares and 165,000 likes.