European Seed, a leading seed industry trade magazine, has put together a list of 20 people who, in their view, were highly influential in 2017. This list includes Ido Verhagen, executive director of the Access to Seeds Index.
European Seed writes: ‘In 2016, the first Access to Seeds Index came out and the second Index is scheduled to come out at the end of 2018. Although there was criticism on the Index by the seed sector, both in the preparatory phase as well as after publication, the fact remains that the index created more awareness on access to seeds in developing countries and on the role seed companies can play in improving smallholder farmer productivity. With that, Ido has influenced the EU and global seed sector in a lasting way.’
Ido Verhagen: ‘We appreciate this recognition by European Seed of the important work of the Access to Seeds Index. I would like to extend this honour to everyone that contributed.’