Crop Wild Relatives Project Delivers Beyond Expectation
The 11-year Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) project, funded by the Government of Norway, came to an end in 2021 after achieving or exceeding all of the goals it had set, including releasing several new crop varieties derived from crop wild relatives.
Building BOLDly on Success
Launched in September 2021, Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development (BOLD) is a 10-year project, funded by the Government of Norway, that will build on the successes and achievements of the Crop Wild Relatives Project to strengthen food and nutrition security worldwide.
Breakthroughs in Breeding Grasspea and Finger Millet
The project, “Safeguarding crop diversity for food security: Pre-breeding complemented with Innovative Finance,” funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc., made major strides in developing new crosses in grasspea and finger millet using crop wild relatives and landraces.
CGIAR Genebank Platform
The CGIAR Genebank Platform came to an end in 2021 after a decade of Crop Trust’s coordination of the program.
Strengthening Genebanks in Africa
Seeds for Resilience is a 5-year project supporting collections of key crops identified by partner genebanks in five sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.
Breathing New Life into the Global Crop Conservation Strategies
Global Crop Conservation Strategies guide global conservation of genetic resources for key crops. Three new strategies were published in 2021 and drafts of four more were completed.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Twenty-two genebanks, including two new ones, added nearly 51,000 seed samples to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2021.
Data and Information: the Backbone of the Global System
Information systems are central to the effective conservation and use of plant genetic resources, whether at the level of the individual collection, using the likes of GRIN-Global, or at a global level, like Genesys. The Crop Trust’s work on both types of system made significant strides in 2021.
Partnerships and Organizational News
The Crop Trust made a number of important strides in its partnerships and outreach in 2021. This included signing a memorandum of understanding with the World Vegetable Center, launching an Emergency Reserve fund for genebanks in crisis, and supporting and participating in key events such as the United Nations Food Systems Summit and Global Landscapes Forum discussions in Africa and alongside COP26 in Glasgow.
Finance and Investments
The Endowment Fund continued to grow during the year, with contributions received from the United States Agency for International Development, the Government of Germany, the Government of New Zealand, the Government of India and Groupe Limagrain along with healthy growth in the investments.
Securing Our Food Forever
In this period of reduced overseas development aid and declining grants from governments, it has become necessary and urgent for the Crop Trust to explore new ways to engage a broader group of public and private donors in helping us reach our USD 850 million target.