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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Events in 2016
The Crop Trust mission contains two key elements for success: conservation and fundraising. This year in particular saw great progress on both fronts, highlighted by two key events, the Crop Trust Pledging Conference and the Annual Meeting of Genebank Managers (AGM).
Crop Trust Pledging Conference
On 15 April 2016, the Crop Trust took our largest step to date in building the Endowment Fund with a successful international Pledging Conference. The event took place in Washington, DC at the time of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings. More than 60 representatives of governments and private partners came together to forge a broad coalition for the global common good of crop diversity. The conference was co-chaired by the Governments of Germany and Norway, and Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivered the keynote address.
The meeting paved the way for doubling the Crop Trust Endowment Fund to USD 300 million, thanks to new financial commitments from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United States and DuPont Pioneer. Governments and private sector donors also committed to projects to collect and safeguard crop diversity. Norway pledged a major contribution to the Crop Wild Relatives Project, while Japan, a first-time supporter, announced its support of a regional project to unlock the genetic potential of African rice. Another cooperation agreement was signed with Brazil.
“We owe it to future generations to provide them with the tools they will need for sustainable existence. Today’s meeting marks a historic step towards this goal. International cooperation can protect the foundation of world agriculture and generate new crops for the survival of our children and grandchildren.”-Jan Eliasson, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Each year, the Crop Trust convenes the women and men who look after the international collections managed by the CGIAR Centers to discuss their activities during the past year and to make plans for the following year. Having all parties in one room to interact face-to-face is extremely valuable for our coordinated approach to global conservation. The meeting also serves as an opportunity to debate particular technical issues and get better acquainted with the national and regional programs in the region.
This year’s AGM took place in Australia and involved many local stakeholders, including our hosts, the Australian Grains Genebank in Horsham. The sessions were attended by more than 50 scientists from Australia, Belgium, Benin, Colombia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria and the Philippines.
“I met an enthusiastic and very dedicated group of people who learn from each other and push one another forward, all united in their passion to safeguard our food for generations to come.”-Marie Haga, Crop Trust Executive Director
Presentations and seminars covered a wide range of topics, from data management tools to clonal crops to forage conservation. Participants also discussed the upcoming Genebank Platform, the next phase in our global partnership with the CGIAR System Organization, and the role of genebanks in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.