The 2019 Access to Seeds Index is one
of the first Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) benchmarks published by
the World Benchmarking Alliance.

The Access to Seeds Index measures and compares the efforts of the world’s leading seed companies to enhance the productivity of smallholder farmers.


In 2019 the Access to Seeds Index published
multiple indexes that evaluate the performance of
the seed industry at the regional level in South and
Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa as well as
the global seed industry as a whole.


The index presents scorecards for each of the 62 companies that highlight a company’s presence and portfolio, leading practices and notable findings and present comparative strengths in relation to the other seed companies assessed.

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The country profiles provide an overview of the
presence and activities of all 62 index companies
in each of the 65 countries in scope of the Access
to Seeds Index.

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What Leaders Say

"Companies have to make a return on their investments, which means they have little incentive to work on problems that mainly affect the world’s poorest people. We’re trying to change that."

Bill and Melinda Gates, Co-chairs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"The Access to Seeds Index is a very interesting publication and important work."

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO

"This is not about companies spending money as charity. It's about companies making the SDGs part of their core business and being held accountable."

Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Kingdom of the Netherlands

"The Access to Seeds Index is an excellent report that helps farmers understand the seed companies working in their region"

Amirul Islam, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural development

"For achieving food and nutrition security there is a continued need to measure the performance of the seed sector. We are fortunate that the Access to Seeds Index is contributing to that path."