While world leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly and the Climate Week, the launch of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) was announced at the New York Public Library on 21 September. The Access to Seeds Index is partner of this alliance and a source of inspiration for this initiative tracking corporate performance on the SDG-agenda.
“With the worlds population expected to reach 9 billion by the middle of the century now is the time for us to act. The path to a sustainable food future will require unleashing the creative power of our best scientists and engineers and entrepreneurs, backed by public investment and private investment to deploy new innovations and climate-smart agriculture. Better seeds, better storage. Crops that grow with less water. Crops that grow in harsher climates. Mobile technologies that put more agriculture data including satellite imagery and weather forecasts and market prices into the hands of farmers so that they know what to plant and where to plant, how to plant and how it will sell.”
IFPRI Policy Seminar: Supplying High-Quality Seeds and Traits to Smallholder Farmers: Policy and Investment Options for Developing-Country Seed Systems, held on April 28th in Washington, DC.
Panelists were: John C. Keyser (World Bank), Saharah Moon Chapotin (USAID Bureau for Food Security), Ido Verhagen (Access to Seeds Foundation), David Spielman (IFPRI, chair).
Ido Verhagen, executive director, Access to Seeds Foundation presented the findings of the Access to Seeds Index at a IFPRI Policy Seminar: Supplying High-Quality Seeds and Traits to Smallholder Farmers: Policy and Investment Options for Developing-Country Seed Systems, held on April 28th in Washington, DC.
President Obama delivers remarks while touring the Faffa Food Factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 28 2015. Ethiopian farmer Gifty Jemal Hussein explained to President Obama how her life has improved since the use of quality seeds helped her to triple her yields. Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Ministry Economic Affairs, at the launch of ISSD Africa, 18 September 2014
"The Access to Seeds Index aims to further engage leading seed companies in agricultural development and combating food security. Leading seed companies with their expertise and capacity to scale have a lot to offer for farmers in developing countries. By ranking these companies according to their commitments and performance we create a benchmark system that allows us to credit companies for what they do and stimulate them to make the extra effort. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been a close partner in many of these efforts".