East-West Seed, a tropical vegetable seed company with both Filipino and Dutch roots, has maintained its top position in the recently launched Access to Seeds Index.
Access to Seeds, an independent organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Dutch government, recently announced the results of its Global Seed Index from its Amsterdam headquarters.
The Index placed East-West Seed in the top rank, besting 13 other global seed companies on their commitment and performance in providing the world’s smallholder farmers access to quality seeds.
In November last year, the South and Southeast Asia Index was launched which also placed East-West Seed at number 1 among 24 companies surveyed. This brings four straight #1 rankings for the Asia-based company, sustaining its good performance in 2016 when the first Seed Index was released and where East-West Seed led the pack in the Global Vegetable and East Africa indices.
Looking at the measurement areas of the Index, East-West Seed earns the highest score in Research and Development due to its broad breeding programs that include a large number of local crops. It also leads in Marketing and Sales because of its extensive distribution channels and the availability of seeds in small packaging, which are accessible and affordable to smallholders.
Further, it scores high in the Seed Production measurement area because of its collaboration with smallholder farmers, who account for 95% of its production. Read the inspiring story of a young seed grower here.
Access to Seeds aims to shine a light on how seed companies can step up efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties for smallholder farmers. It believes that seed companies are a crucial partner in efforts to raise smallholder farmer productivity and achieve food and nutrition security.
ABOUT EAST-WEST – East-West Seed is the market leader for tropical vegetable seeds in Asia and expanding rapidly in Africa and Latin America. The privately-owned company has played an important role in the development and improvement of tropical vegetable varieties in Southeast Asia and other tropical countries.
When Dutch seedsman Simon Groot and Filipino seed trader Benito Domingo founded the company in 1982 in Lipa City, Batangas, they set out to improve the income of smallholder farmers through high-quality seeds. East-West Seed develops vegetable varieties that are adapted to tropical markets and growing conditions and generate increased yield and productivity for farmers. In addition, the company educates farmers and helps them to maximize their yield and income through better knowledge on vegetable production.
East-West Seed is one of the 10 largest vegetable seed companies in the world, with a leading position in the most important Southeast Asian countries and rapid expansion into India, Myanmar, Vietnam and parts of Africa and South America.