ANNUAL REPORT 2019
Celebrating 15 years of crop diversity conservation
Crop varieties added+34K
Food Forever Experiences9
Grants provided for conservation$34.2M
ContributionsUSD 6 M
Accessions Conserved714 K
Updated accessions in Genesys4M
Crop accessions distributed66K
Countries receiving samples97
Sir Peter Crane – Executive Board Chair, Crop Trust
As we transition into a new phase of our work, we can do so confident in our ability to deliver on the vision of our founders.
Stefan Schmitz – Executive Director, Crop Trust
The importance of the global family of genebanks as fail-safes for our planet’s future food supply has never been so apparent.
What we do
The CGIAR Genebank Platform
This Crop Trust-led program ensures that the 11 CGIAR genebanks are running efficiently, that the crop collections they manage are conserved to a high standard, and that as many samples as possible are immediately available when needed.
Collecting Crop Wild Relatives
After six years, 4,644 seed samples of 371 different species of crop wild relatives from all over the world were collected and safeguarded.
Wild Seed, I Think I Love You
The work with crop wild relatives is transitioning from creating new materials to actually growing them in farmers' fields.
What we do
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is an iconic reminder of the remarkable effort taking place around the world to conserve the seeds of our food crops.
Supporting National Genebanks
Five genebanks in sub-Saharan Africa are the focus of a new Crop Trust project: Seeds4Resilience.
Strengthening information systems allows users to choose the exact crop diversity they need from thousands of samples.
Securing our Food, Forever
Our global crop conservation strategies describe the current status of conservation of major crop collections, and they attempt to identify the highest priority activities and resources required to safeguard the diversity of different genepools.
The Food Forever Initiative
Food Forever went around the world in 2019 – on a gastronomic and educational voyage – to celebrate the diversity of our foods.
An overview of the activities of the Crop Trust Executive Board and Donors’ Council.
Spreading the Message
Our audience is as diverse as the crop diversity we help safeguard.
Some of humanity’s most valuable global assets are being preserved in perpetuity so future generations can have diverse, healthy foods in increasingly unpredictable climatic conditions.
The Crop Trust deeply appreciates the support and commitment from its many donors, without whom none of our work would be possible.
Running the Numbers
A summary of the financial performance of the Crop Trust and its endowment fund.
Spreading the Message
In today’s saturated media landscape, our role is to support and promote the critical work of the Crop Trust and its many valued partners, and tell their stories in as many compelling ways as possible to engage an ever broader audience.
In 2019, we published 105 stories on our four websites and shared them through newsletters and various social media channels.
We address our diverse audience through diverse vehicles, such as these two animated videos:
and the #CropsInColor interactive stories:
On the Genebank Platform website, we shared the latest news from the global system of genebanks, and published profiles of genebank managers:
Our Director of Science writes a Science Blog on a wide range of topics relating to crop diversity conservation and use. See the non-monetary benefits of the Plant Treaty’s Multilateral System and why he dislikes the International Day for Biological Diversity.
We publish Q&As with experts in the field, such as Sebastien Carpentier, one of our CWR project partners, who is wild about bananas and evaluates the drought resistance found in different wild relatives of this popular fruit.
See our official press releases here:
We maintain close relationships with a growing network of partners in the food and agriculture community, press, and journalists to reach ever wider audiences. In 2019, the Crop Wild Relatives Project’s collecting wrap-up story received widespread media coverage in outlets ranging from NPR to National Geographic and many others.
And in this opinion piece in Scientific American, our former Executive Director discusses “How to Save Coffee from Climate Change”.
Our audience is as diverse as the crop diversity we help safeguard. It includes scientists from the entire crop diversity value chain from conservation through to use. And it also includes governments and other donors, seed and food companies, civil society, farmers, chefs, foodies, journalists, artists, teachers… and you. We thank all our audiences for their commitment and continued support.