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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With our Pledging Conference this April we called on our supporters to make a big statement for the global system of crop conservation. And they absolutely did.
Thank you to everyone who helped us to pave the way to doubling the size and lasting impact of the Crop Trust Endowment Fund.
Every contribution surely counts, whether you are an individual concerned about how agriculture will adapt to climate change in your own country, or a government donor or private partner sharing our vision of food security for future world generations.
The enthusiasm we saw in 2016 brought a strong inflow of funds to the endowment during the year, and further pledges for the next few years.
“2016 saw the beginning of our work towards broadening our fundraising approach. In addition to grants for the endowment, we mobilized funding for scientific projects and the operational expenditures of the Secretariat. We also laid the foundation for new financial instruments such as long-term, low-interest donor loans and our charitable corporation in Germany.”-Michael Koch, Director of Partnerships and Innovative Finance
We are particularly thankful to our host country, Germany, for supporting our mission in so many different ways this year. On top of making the largest single contribution yet given to the endowment, Germany funded operational costs of genebanks, co-hosted a high-level ministerial event at International Green Week in Berlin and enabled us to produce a communications campaign for a German audience. In addition, we received an offer for a first large, low-cost loan from a German government lender, which is currently under consideration. And In September 2016, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in Germany kindly agreed to provide funding to establish the “Genesys catalog of phenotypic datasets.”
Our circle of supporters in Germany is now set to grow as we made arrangements this year for German donors to receive tax recognition on contributions to the new Crop Trust Foundation in the country. The Crop Trust Foundation GmbH is a charitable corporation established under German law and, from 2017 onwards, provides donors with a contribution certificate recognized by the German tax authorities.
Other partners we must single out in recognition of their contributions are the governments of Australia, India, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States of America. We also received new corporate contributions from the seed industry including from Bayer, DuPont Pioneer and the International Seed Federation. The continued financial support that we receive from the CGIAR System Organization and its contributing donors is fundamental for our ability to pursue our mission. And we would like to acknowledge with special appreciation the many individuals who donated during our #GivingTuesday campaign and otherwise through our corporate website.
Please take a look at our Funding Status as of 2016 to see more details of the amazing support we received this year.
We are deeply grateful for all contributions and pledges of all sizes. Not only because they lay the foundation to conserve crop diversity forever, but also because they show the continued power of the hope we all share, a hope for a food secure world.