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.
Collecting Crop Wild Relatives
“The Crop Wild Relatives Project has supported the collection and conservation of thousands of seed samples, and is already seeing the contribution this new diversity can make in farmers’ fields.”-Hannes Dempewolf, Senior Scientist - Head of Global Initiatives, Crop Trust
Crop wild relatives (CWR) represent a source of genetic diversity that can be used to transform agriculture when farmers need to produce more with less, while facing increasing erratic climatic conditions. But they are challenging for plant breeders to use, and many are threatened in the field. The CropTrust is addressing both these challenges.
In 2011, the Crop Trust, with support from the Government of Norway, embarked on a global, 10-year project to collect, conserve and use CWR. The project is implemented in partnership with the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK and with dozens of specialist institutes and national and international conservation and pre-breeding programs around the world.
Over six years, project partners were in the field for a combined 2973 days, in 25 countries all over the world, to collect and safeguard 4644 seed samples of 371 different species of crop wild relatives, far exceeding expectations. Many species were collected multiple times – on different continents, in different countries and in different regions within a country: capturing and conserving as much diversity as possible both within and among species was at the core of this global collecting effort.
CWR seed samples collected during the project were conserved in the national genebank of the partner country, and also shipped to Kew’s MSB, and other genebanks, where they will be available according to the terms of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Plant Treaty).