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Celebrating 15 years of crop diversity conservation

Key figures

Crop varieties added+34K

New samples deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault34,275

Food Forever Experiences9

Food Forever Experiences organized in 8 countries in 20199

Grants provided for conservation$34.2M

Value of grants provided to conserve crop diversity worldwide$34,24M

ContributionsUSD 6 M

Contributions to the Crop Trust endowment fund$6.3M

Accessions Conserved714 K

Accessions conserved in CGIAR collections714,000

Updated accessions in Genesys4M

Number of updated accession records in Genesys4,104,123

Crop accessions distributed66K

Accessions distributed by international collections of crop diversity66,930

Countries receiving samples97

Number of countries receiving samples from Crop Trust-supported collections97


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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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Supporting National Genebanks

Five genebanks in sub-Saharan Africa are the focus of a new Crop Trust project: Seeds4Resilience.
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Information Systems

Strengthening information systems allows users to choose the exact crop diversity they need from thousands of samples.

Securing our Food, Forever

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Conservation Strategies

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.
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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.
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An overview of the activities of the Crop Trust Executive Board and Donors’ Council.

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Spreading the Message

Our audience is as diverse as the crop diversity we help safeguard.
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Take Action

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.
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Thank You

The Crop Trust deeply appreciates the support and commitment from its many donors, without whom none of our work would be possible.


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Running the Numbers

A summary of the financial performance of the Crop Trust and its endowment fund.


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Securing our food, forever

Highlights of the year