The Access to Seeds Index ranks leading seed companies on their efforts to improve the productivity of smallholder farmers. The index scores companies in several areas. It looks at the strategy and tangible targets in place to reach smallholders, stakeholder engagement, and how companies deal with intellectual property rights. It also looks at efforts in research and breeding, marketing and capacity-building of farmers.
The findings show that seed industry as a whole is active in all countries in the scope of the Index. This is with the exception of Western Africa, where there is a clear gap. However, country-level presence is no guarantee that the industry’s products are actually accessible to smallholder farmers. This report identifies opportunities as well as good practices that can inspire seed companies and their partners to go the last mile – in every sense – to the farm gate.
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