The Access to Seeds Index is an initiative to encourage leading seed companies to increase their contribution to the development of smallholder farmers in emerging economies. When the running appraisal project leads to a positive conclusion, the first Index will be developed in 2014.
Since its first edition in 2008, the Access to Medicine Index (ATMI) has proven to be successful in leveraging transparency and business contribution to social change in the pharmaceutical sector. ATMI is a Dutch initiative sponsored by the Gates Foundation. This example raised the idea of exploring the potential to replicate this intervention to other sectors. Recently the project investigating the feasibility and potential of an ‘Access to Seeds Index’ started.
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