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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Crop Trust Governance
The Executive Board is the principal decision-making body of the Crop Trust. The Board normally meets twice per year, with at least one gathering at the Secretariat in Bonn to remain connected with staff. These visits offer a valuable opportunity for Board Members to meet with new and familiar faces and keep abreast of the work carried out at all levels.
The second governing body is the Donors’ Council, where government partners, foundations and private sector donors come together in a public-private partnership with a shared interest in the work of the Crop Trust. In 2016, the Donors’ Council comprised 20 donor countries and 23 non-governmental donors.
A third body, the Finance and Investment Committee, advises the Executive Board on matters of financial management.
Meetings in 2016
In February, the Executive Board gathered at ILRI in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Much of their discussion focused on how the Crop Trust can support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on Goal 2, ending hunger. The setting was very relevant for this discussion: Ethiopians are acutely dependent on reliable crops and forages, from the household level to the national level, with agriculture providing 90% of exports.
The subsequent October Executive Board meeting in Bonn offered a timely opportunity to review the Crop Trust’s two major projects: the CGIAR Research Program for Managing and Sustaining Crop Collections and the Crop Wild Relatives Project. Both of these projects concluded significant phases in 2016 and mark significant progress in our efforts to safeguard the foundations of our food. The Board received thorough updates on these major achievements and advised on the way forward.
The two meetings of the Donors’ Council in 2016 took place in Rome, where many of our partners are represented at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and through national embassies. In 2016, Council members and observers were essential in mobilizing support for the Crop Trust, particularly in the lead-up to the Pledging Conference. In October, the group voted to re-appoint Ms. Mary Ann Sayoc and Ambassador Walter Fust to a further term on the Executive Board. Ms. Sayoc will serve her second 3-year term (2017-2019) and Ambassador Fust, current Chairman of the Board, will serve his eighth and final year in 2017.
The Crop Trust is grateful for such dedicated partners who contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of its governance.