Did you know that 75% of agrobiodiversity was lost in the last century and there are 1,750 – seed-banks in the world. They hold seeds for 1,000 types of bananas, 140,000 types of wheat and 150 different kinds of edible plants that humans depend on for food.
We thank all the participant for Joining us for an AGBC Expert Talk, a drink and snack to find out more. We were delighted to have Janet Muir and Christoph Beck from the Global Crop Diversity Trust give us a fascinating insight into Svalbard Global Seed Vault and how it became a global initiative for food security.
Crop collections require constant maintenance, and even brief disruptions or variations in funding can leave material at risk of permanent loss. The conservation of crop diversity in genebanks is a long-term task. The mission of the Crop Trust is to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide. Crop diversity is central to food security. It underpins today’s production and provides the raw material needed for ensuring continuing supplies tomorrow, in the face of a rapidly changing world.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust was established in October 2004 as an independent organization under international law by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the CGIAR and has been hosted by the German Government in Bonn since 2013.
The Crop Trust is building an endowment fund of USD 850m, the recurring income from which will be sufficient to guarantee the conservation and the ready availability of the biological foundation of all major agricultural crops, forever.
Janet Muir is Director Finance at the Global Crop Diversity Trust, an international organization established to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide. She is responsible for all aspects of financial reporting, management reporting, strategic financial planning and investment management. Janet has more than 15 years of management experience in the Irish university and international public sectors. Janet is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a member of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers. Janet has held financial positions with the University of Dublin (Trinity College), Interactive Services Limited, Lidl GmbH and Ernst & Young.
Christoph Beck oversees the work of the Corporate Operations and Human Resources Team of the Crop Trust. Furthermore he is a member of the Senior Management Team.
Christoph has had a career with the United Nations for 22 years. After two short-term assignments with the World Food Programme in Ethiopia and Burundi, he joined the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) as a Junior Professional Officer. There, he worked in a variety of different functions, including as Program Specialist in Geneva and as Operations Officer for the Humanitarian Relief work of the Organization at the HQ in Bonn. Lastly, and before joining the Crop Trust in July 2018, Christoph was heading UNV’s recruitment section and, in this capacity, was in charge of charge of sourcing and recruiting talent for international UNV assignments.
Christoph holds a university diploma in economics and business administration from the University of Hohenheim/Germany and a master’s degree in Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Deusto in Bilbao/Spain.