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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In order for crop collections to be used, information about the material they hold needs to be of as high quality, and as easily accessible, as the seeds themselves.
That is why the Crop Trust is developing Genesys, the world’s largest global repository for genebank information, as well as GRIN-Global, an open access software system dedicated to genebank management. We have made important headway with our work on both systems in 2016.
“It is not acknowledged enough, but proper information systems are vital for genebank curators to manage their collections. By streamlining genebank workflows, and by automating procedures, we minimize human error. This starts with the capture and management of passport data, but it doesn’t stop there.”-Matija Obreza, Crop Trust Information Systems Manager
In 2016, the Genesys portal was enhanced with new crop and project pages, including a Crop Wild Relatives Project page with data on accessions collected by the CWR project and a CGIAR page with direct links to records from the 11 CGIAR genebanks.
Genesys now has 3,611,454 records of germplasm accessions from collections around the globe, and the number of records and institutions increases every year. In 2016, the Australian Pastures Genebank, the Australian Grains Genebank and the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Center for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) in Fiji joined the Genesys community, making their collection data available on this global platform for the first time. Records from the European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO), the World Vegetable Center and CGIAR genebanks were also updated in 2016.
In September, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food in Germany (BLE) offered funding to enrich Genesys further with a catalog of phenotypic datasets. Making characterization and evaluation data available and linking it to accessions within genebank collections opens up a wealth of useful information to help plant breeders select material for their research. The catalog project is partnering with five national and regional genebanks to develop mechanisms for ensuring the quality of their data and then will publish it online.
Upgrading Genebank Management and Information Systems
Around the world, more and more genebanks are joining the GRIN-Global community. Thanks to the establishment of the GRIN-Global Frontrunner position three years ago, it has been possible to provide support for the adoption of GRIN-Global by genebanks in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Tunisia and elsewhere.
This year, the Crop Trust also worked directly with a number of genebanks to upgrade their information systems. We brought systems up to date at the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre in Zambia and CePaCT, and we engaged with ICARDA to upgrade four national genebanks in Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. Information systems are an ongoing need among many of the national genebanks we work with, so we also conducted assessments to kick off new upgrading projects in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria and the Philippines.
Regional training workshops have proven to be an especially effective way of bringing new technical knowledge to more genebanks. Three of these were held in 2016: in the Czech Republic in February, led by a GRIN-Global trainer from USDA; in Colombia in April, hosted by CIAT in Spanish; and in Germany in June, focusing on barcoding as a promising technology to automate and streamline procedures.