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.
“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.”-Emmy Simmons, Crop Trust Executive Board Member
Today, agriculture is defined by challenges. It’s threatened by the climate crisis, degradation of soil and water resources, land use issues, and emerging pests and diseases. Biodiversity is dying out as people and agriculture move into new areas and a more limited range of crops dominates production. Poor diets lacking diversity are adding to the global burden of disease.
But there are solutions. Biofortified bean varieties are changing the nutritional profile of whole countries, scientists are helping farmers to prepare their rice for floods and droughts, and pre-breeders are giving cultivated bananas the adaptive superpowers of wild bananas.
This is why I have been supporting the Crop Trust mission since 2000. As a representative of USAID at a CGIAR meeting in Dresden that year, I sat with a like-minded group to highlight? fight for? moan about? the long-term interests of conservation in the short-term budget environment of global agricultural research. The idea of an endowment fund that could maintain crop collections forever was an exciting one 15 years ago, and today it’s even more exciting to see the results of the enormous effort, collaboration, and creative thinking that has gone into the Crop Trust.
And this is just the beginning. Substantial, rapid action is needed to secure crop conservation. And what is conserved must not stay on the shelf. Diversity can play a larger role in food and nutritional security — it can make our food crops resilient to unknown challenges. The Crop Trust and its partners are busy making sure that happens, and there’s no time like now to join us in action.
Emmy Simmons is a member of the Crop Trust Executive Board and the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. She is a respected consultant on international development, agriculture and food issues, having completed a nearly 30-year career with the United States Agency for International Development.