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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Since 2004, the Crop Trust has led the development of global conservation strategies together with the communities around individual crops. In 2016, we started to plan how to update the existing 23 strategies, as well as surveyed the conservation needs of several new crops: tropical and subtropical forages, citrus, apple and coffee.
The apple conservation strategy was finalized in December, and a strategy for citrus is nearing completion. Both of these, developed in partnership with USDA, will be vital to ensuring the availability of two very important fruit crops into the future.
“The result is an improved understanding of threats to diversity; an actionable strategy for progress; and an estimate of the resources required to conserve the collections more effectively in the future.”-Brian Lainoff, Crop Trust Lead Partnerships Coordinator
Some crop collections face particularly urgent threats. ICARDA’s collection from war, for example, as we have already seen. Yet, some crops, like the coconut and other vegetatively propagated species, do not have Svalbard to fall back on.
The global strategy for coconut, first drafted in 2008, reflected the crop community’s concerns about the vulnerability of the South Pacific coconut genebank in Papua New Guinea. This large and unique field collection is threatened by the spread of a disease called Bogia Coconut Syndrome from surrounding areas.
The Crop Trust convened a meeting at the genebank in April, during which 27 participants from international and national institutes assessed the problem firsthand and worked out a rescue plan. This plan, which involves moving the collection to a safe site elsewhere in the country, is now being implemented by the SPC, the Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) and the Government of Papua New Guinea, with funding from the United Kingdom’s Darwin Initiative.
The Future of Coffee
More than a third of the world’s population consumes coffee, and the global crop provides billions of dollars in export earnings to developing countries. Yet a serious lack of genetic diversity within the crop has left it highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and a host of devastating diseases.
In partnership with World Coffee Research, the Crop Trust finalized a new conservation strategy for coffee in 2016. The global coffee strategy identifies the biggest issues and threats to the crop; surveys the promising diversity held in key collections such as that of Costa Rica’s Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE); and provides a roadmap for the future sustainability of coffee and the livelihoods that depend on it.
“Coffee plays a key role in the livelihoods of an estimated 125 million people, but its genetic resources are being lost at a rapid pace.”-Dr Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives at the Denver Botanic Gardens