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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“It is impressive how the Crop Trust, a small but very spirited team, manages to accomplish such major feats. From my first day in the office, I could sense the ubiquitous dedication and enthusiasm around me.”-Faith Wambua-Lüdeling, Crop Trust Administrative Assistant
As an international organization with a global mission, the Crop Trust requires world-class staff. In early 2016, management completed an exercise to evaluate the needs and skill requirements over the next years, given the next stages of the global Genebank Partnership and new phase of the Crop Wild Relatives Project. As a result, the Secretariat grew significantly in competency. We welcomed new staff in every team – seven additions in all.
In June, all of the staff came together for an onsite training course to review project management strategies and processes. Sharing experiences and learning together continues to be an essential ingredient to the cohesion we rely on across teams.
Now benefiting from 17 nationalities in the Secretariat and retaining a positive gender balance throughout the organization, the Crop Trust is better suited than ever to build a truly global system for the conservation of crop diversity.
Partnering with Rhodes College
2016 marked the fifth year of our partnership with Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 2012, Rhodes has funded one recent graduate to work at the Crop Trust through the Cary Fowler ’71 Environmental Studies International Fellowship. The fourth individual to participate in this fellowship program, Cierra Martin, completed her assignment with the Partnerships and Communications Team in July 2016. In August, Amanda Fuller officially joined us in Bonn as the 2016-2017 Fellow.
This program offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to gain experience in an international setting that requires a diverse skillset. Given the small staff size of the organization, the Rhodes Fellows routinely work alongside members of every team.
“The transition directly from studying international relations to practicing it, is more than I could have ever hoped for upon graduation. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by Rhodes College and the guidance I received at the Crop Trust.”-Julia Greene, 2014-2015 Rhodes Fellow
From fellows and interns to our most senior staff, there is no shortage of dedication. The Crop Trust is committed to securing our food, together.