“The almost globally operating company East-West Seed has been known in Vietnam as Hai Mũi Tên Đỏ (HMTD), ever since it was introduced on the Vietnamese market in 1997. Right from the start focus has been on market-oriented improvement of seeds and an increased availability of this for local growers.
East-West Seed is at the top of the Index of Access to Seeds Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation financed by the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The quote is thanks to the focus on small agricultural companies, the transfer of Dutch innovation and the participation in the public policy dialogue to make high-quality seeds available for small growers.
The Access to Seeds Index shows the importance of reaching small cultivation companies and local markets. East-West Seed is one of the few global companies that also has local seeds in its portfolio, and have cultivation programmes for these. Through training and a better availability of good seeds, East-West Seed helps small cultivation companies to increase their production.”