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.
The Food Forever Initiative
“Chefs can help raise the profile of biodiversity higher on the international agenda and in the hearts and minds of consumers. It’s wonderful to see so many amazing chefs advocating for these unique ingredients through the Food Forever Initiative.”-Marie Haga, Food Forever Champion
The Food Forever Initiative is hosted jointly by the Crop Trust and the Government of the Netherlands and supported by the Governments of Norway, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands in close cooperation with FAO. It is a campaign to raise awareness of target SDG 2.5 among key global audiences.
In 2019, five new champions joined the Food Forever network: Dr. David Nabarro and Lawrence Haddad, World Food Prize laureates and international experts on food and nutrition; Gerda Verburg, Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; Michiel Bakker, Director of Global Workplace Programs at Google; Haile Thomas, founder of the HAPPY foundation and a strong promoter of better nutrition in schools and April Redmond, Vice President of Savory Brands at Unilever. We also welcomed the SDG2 Advocacy Hub, the World Food Prize Foundation, the Livestock Conservancy, ICRISAT and Pocono Organics as partner organizations.
We took the Food Forever Experience global in 2019 with nine events in eight different countries: San José, Bonn, Cusco, Stockholm, Chicago, Rome, London, Washington D.C and Abu Dhabi. One of our most notable events was in Cusco, Peru, where we were honored by the attendance of the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, the first signatory to Food Forever’s Declaration of Interdependence. Since then, we’ve amassed over 440 signatures.
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The year in numbers