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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Quality Management Systems
Like any facility with a critical mission, a genebank must set and meet certain standards of quality in its operations. This is essential for long-term conservation, and equally essential to ensure that the material in the genebank can be found and used.
The importance of quality in the global system of conservation has led the Crop Trust, through the Genebank CRP, to develop a Quality Management System (QMS) for genebanks. Regional workshops and individual expert visits by QMS specialists have helped genebank staff implement plans that allow for customized, internally driven improvement at all levels.
The Genebank Operations and Advanced Learning (GOAL) workshops have been the hallmark of the QMS initiative. These events attract staff from international and national genebanks, fostering the community and partnerships that are essential for a global system of conservation. In 2016, we held GOAL workshops in Nigeria, Kenya and India, as well as a meeting devoted to barcoding and data management in Germany. More than 100 individuals from 20 countries participated this year.
The GOAL workshops and expert visits to genebanks share a focus on five goals:
1. Documenting standard operating procedures (SOPs) in a common format
2. Training staff and encouraging succession planning
3. Identifying and mitigating risks
4. Barcoding accessions across all procedures
5. Securing genebank infrastructure
The average genebank needs eight different standard operating procedures to cover its wide range of processes. A Conservation SOP, for example, might describe the steps of seed cleaning, processing, authentication, germination testing, packing, storing and monitoring for inventory and viability. By the end of 2016, over 100 SOPs were mapped by the 11 CGIAR genebanks, and 39 were ready for implementation.
The result is a common, comparable language across Centers, making them better equipped to meet the expectations users and donors have of them.