Securing our Food, Forever

Photo: Pepper accessions at the genebank of Nigeria's National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in Ibadan during a visit by the Crop Trust and BOLD project partners. (Photo by Neil Palmer for the Crop Trust).

Crop Trust is a international organization that works to conserve crop diversity and thus protect global food security. At the heart of the Crop Trust is a fund dedicated to providing long-term, guaranteed financial support to genebanks around the world.

Crop Trust supports the Svalbard Global Seed Bank and coordinates large-scale projects around the world, to secure crop diversity and make it available, forever and for the benefit of all. 

Crop Trust is recognized as an essential element of the financing strategy of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines. Ana Dulnuan-Habbiling, Ifugao leader with extensive knowledge of the Rice world in the area where she lives in the highlands of the Philippines (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images for Crop Trust).


Our vision

Ensure the conservation and availability of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in perpetuity, with a view to achieving sustainable agriculture and ensuring global food security.

Our mission

We support collections of unique and valuable plant genetic resources for food and agriculture conserved in gene banks.

Our mission

We promote an economically efficient, goal-oriented and sustainable global gene banking system in accordance with the Plant Treaty.

Our mission

 We promote the regeneration, characterization, documentation and evaluation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and the exchange of related information.

Our mission

We promote the availability of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

Our mission

We promote the development of national and regional capacities for genebank staff.

What do we do?

We work closely with our donors and partners, coordinate and implement large-scale projects around the world.

We strive to rescue the diversity of crops in danger of disappearing forever. We seek the conservation and use of the wild relatives of our food crops. And we help develop a new generation of information technologies to make the world's crop diversity accessible wherever it is needed.


We finance the most important gene banks in the world with our Crop Diversity Fund, which is the heart of our work, but our work does not end there. We also address gaps in the global system for crop diversity conservation, through projects that closely complement the work funded by the fund.

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