Global Crop Diversity Trust

Global Crop Diversity Trust was founded in 2004 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Bioversity International on behalf of the CGIAR, and concluded a Headquarters Agreement with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in December 2012, transferring our headquarters to Bonn in 2013.

The Crop Trust provides:

  • Financial support for the key international genebanks that make the diversity of our most important food crops available to all under the International Treaty;
  • Tools and support for the efficient management of genebanks;
  • Coordination between conserving institutions to ensure that all crop diversity is protected, accessible and used.
  • Final backup of crop seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.