The Access to Seeds Index featured in an article on the Monsanto-Bayer merger.
“Access to Seeds Index evaluated and ranked the world’s leading seed companies in four regions based on their policies and practices to improve access to quality seed for small farmers in developing countries. Worldwide, over 2.5 billion people manage 500 million small farms and only in Africa, the small owners produce 70% of the continent’s food reserves. To increase production, improve nutritional quality and adapt to climate change, these farmers need access to suitable, high-quality seeds. At present, the private sector plays a secondary role in reaching small African farmers: only 2.5% of the seeds used by small farmers in sub-Saharan Africa come from seed companies. There is therefore a clear need for quality and organic seeds on the market.”
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