Farmers rely on seeds to a great extent and exert all their efforts to ensure a bountiful harvest, so it is important for seed distributors to provide their market with high-quality seeds that tailor to their specific conditions. Leading in encouraging these companies is an independent, non-profit foundation based in the Netherlands called Access to Seeds.
The foundation’s Executive Director, Ido Verhagen, believes that seeds are the key technology for agriculture because that’s where it starts. This is why Access to Seeds urges the seed industry to improve access to quality seeds for smallholder farmers. It does so by publishing an Access to Seeds Index every three years.
Access to Seeds Index is a unique resource that highlights how seed companies are supporting the productivity of smallholder farmers in different parts of the world like South and Southeast Asia, sub Saharan Africa and Latin America.