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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The Svalbard global seed vault
“It’s comforting to know that new countries and institutions are realizing the importance of a global back-up and joining us in making sure our grandchildren’s grandchildren will have access to this global common good.”-Marie Haga, Crop Trust Executive Director
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the largest single collection of crop diversity in the world, grew even larger in 2016. The Seed Vault was opened in March, May, September and October for new deposits from 15 institutions, including shipments from first time depositors in New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Bosnia and Herzegovina. By the end of the year, a total of 42,979 new accessions had been added to the Vault.
Throughout the year, the Crop Trust continued to support the Seed Vault in partnership with the Norwegian government and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen). Since 2008, the Crop Trust has funded a portion of the Vault’s operational costs.
Safeguarding the Planets Food Supply
The University of Okayama in Japan and Seed Savers Exchange in the United States made the first deposit of 2016 in March, which included samples of common bean along with barley, carrot, tomato and other vegetables. Common bean is cultivated on a significant scale in at least 117 countries and is the most important grain legume in human diets. The deposit of new accessions of this crop was a fitting start to the International Year of Pulses.
From Sheep Food to Chili Peppers
The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Germany and the World Vegetable Center made up the bulk of the May deposit. Both institutions have made regular deposits to the Vault since it opened in 2008. On this occasion, first-time depositors from New Zealand and Thailand joined IPK and the World Vegetable Center in sending more than 8,000 accessions to the Vault. The shipment included seeds of ryegrass and white clover, crops that make up much of the feedstock for New Zealand’s 60 million sheep; as well as the Grandfather Sumet chili pepper, a special variety named by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.
USDA Makes 2nd Largest Seed Deposit
The second largest deposit to date was made in September, when the Vault’s doors were opened for 53 new boxes of seeds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The shipment, which included nearly 20,000 accessions of different crops ranging from beans to wheat to lovegrass, represents diversity from 147 countries, including species that originate from China, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Brazil and the United States itself.
Combatting Climate Change One Seed at a Time
The year’s final deposit brought more than 10,000 accessions to the Vault. First-time depositors – the Genetic Resources Institute at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in Singapore – joined seven returning institutions, including four CGIAR genebanks, NordGen and the University of Okayama, Japan. Included in this shipment were unique maize varieties important for local cuisine in Bosnia and Herzegovina; accessions of Bermuda bean, the only wild bean species native to that island; wild potato and sweet potato species collected from across Latin America; and Guinea grass, one of the world’s most important and productive tropical forage species.