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Securing our food, forever

The Crop Trust continues to work on initiatives to deepen its network of government donors and establish partnerships with the private sector, NGOs and multilateral development institutions, both in…

BOLD strides into the future

Launched in September 2021, Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development (BOLD) is a 10-year project, that builds on the successes and achievements of the Crop Wild Relatives Project…

Laying the foundations for better grasspea and finger millet

In 2022, the “Safeguarding crop diversity for food security: Pre-breeding complemented with Innovative Finance” Project entered its fourth and final year.

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A chill solution for tomorrow’s sweetpotatoes

A new project is preserving sweetpotato landraces from Madagascar and Zambia, cleaning them of diseases so they can yield better, and putting them back into the hands of farmers.

Sweetpotato multiplication for genebank. International Potato Center (CIP), Lima Peru. Photo Michael Major for Crop Trust

Finance and investments

It was a challenging year for investment markets due to geopolitical turmoil, rising interest rates and inflationary pressures. However, the Crop Diversity Endowment Fund was set up with a long-term…

No data? No conservation.

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…

Partnerships and organizational news

The Crop Trust made a number of important institutional strides forward in 2022, including: receiving an endowment contribution from a private company; signing of a memorandum of understanding with…

Banking on African heritage

Seeds for Resilience is a five-year project supporting collections of key crops identified by partner genebanks in five sub-Saharan African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia. In…

Man in field observing green plants.

Our work

The need to conserve crop diversity within a rational, efficient global system has been recognized in various international agreements


The Crop Trust, along with its strategic partners, is developing conservation strategies to protect the genetic diversity of the world’s food crops. This initiative is funded by the German Federal…

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