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It was a landmark year for the Crop Trust: read on to learn more about our work to support a global system of crop conservation.

Key figures

Crop varieties added+92K

New samples deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault92,638

Crop Wild Relatives collected4K

Samples of Crop Wild Relatives collected since 2014Over 4,000

Grants provided for conservation$34.2M

Value of grants provided to conserve crop diversity worldwide$34,24M

ContributionsUSD 17 M

Contributions to the Crop Trust endowment fund$17M

Accessions Conserved773K

Accessions conserved in CGIAR collections773,112

Updated accessions in Genesys1.9M

Number of updated accession records in Genesys1,960,941

Crop accessions distributed66K

Accessions distributed by CGIAR collections66,930

Countries receiving samples87

Number of countries receiving samples from Crop Trust-supported collections87


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Tim Fischer – Executive Board Chair, Crop Trust

It was a landmark year for the Crop Trust: read on to learn more about our work to support a global system of crop conservation.
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Marie Haga – Executive Director, Crop Trust

Over the course of 2018, the community of crop conservationists grew stronger; the work they do being appreciated and understood by more and more people.

What we do

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The CGIAR Genebank Platform

This Crop Trust-led program aims to ensure the international genebanks of CGIAR are running efficiently, that their crop collections are conserved to a high standard, and that as many samples as possible are available to scientists, farmers and others.
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Collecting Crop Wild Relatives

By the end of 2018, our partners in 24 countries had completed their collecting activities.
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Using Crop Wild Relatives

Together with our partners, we’re working to ensure that as many as possible of the beneficial traits of crop wild relatives will be available to breeders.

What we do

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault marked its tenth anniversary on February 26th 2018 by receiving shipments of over 70,000 crop varieties.
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International Rice Research Institute

The Crop Trust took the decision to fully fund a genebank with the longest possible time horizon – forever.
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Information Systems

Collections of crop diversity are there to be used, but how can a user choose what they need from thousands of samples? The answer is data.

Securing our Food, Forever

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Conservation Strategies

Our global crop conservation strategies assess how different crops are conserved, whether users like crop breeders have easy access to them, and whether conservation efforts can be improved.
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The Food Forever Initiative

The campaign to raise awareness of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 2.5 went from strength to strength.
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An overview of the activities of the Crop Trust Executive Board and Donors’ Council.

Take action

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Take action

A world that loses crop diversity loses options for the future, but a world that fails to take action, for the good of all, is simply giving up.
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Catan: Crop Trust

Makers of the award-winning board game, Catan have come up with a fun new way to learn about the importance of crop conservation, while also raising money for the Crop Trust.
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Thank you

The Crop Trust is extremely grateful for its donors.


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Running the numbers

A summary of the financial performance of the Crop Trust and its endowment fund.


Crop Trust

Securing our food, forever

Highlights of the year