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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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CGIAR Genebank Platform

The CGIAR Genebank Platform came to an end in 2021 after a decade of Crop Trust’s coordination of the program.

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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…

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…

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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…

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