The Access to Seeds Index assesses the efforts of the world’s leading seed companies to improve access to seeds for smallholder farmers. The global index focuses on the activities of global seed companies operating in all four index regions. The regional indexes, meanwhile, assess the role of regional and national seed companies in a specific region.
For the 2019 Index, the geographic scope of the Regional Index for Eastern Africa will be extended to include Southern Africa. New regional indexes for Western and Central Africa and South and Southeast Asia will also be developed.
The global index focuses on leading seed companies with an integrated seed business model (breeding, production, distribution) that operate on a global scale. Companies selected for inclusion fall into three categories. The first category is made up of companies with a field crop seed segment in their portfolio and revenues over $1,000 million. Some of these companies are currently involved in mergers or acquisitions, the progress of which will determine whether these companies are assessed separately or as a new, combined entity. The second category is made up of companies with only a vegetable seed segment and revenues over $100 million. In the third category are regional leaders with a global presence and revenues over $100 million.
For more information read our regional landscaping studies, which were used to inform company selection for the 2019 Index.
The regional indexes evaluate the activities of seed companies in specific regions. The company lists are the result of landscaping studies in each region performed by regional consultants and research firms. The selection criteria are (1) an integrated seed business model, (2) regional presence or a dominant position in one country, (3) physical presence and business activities in the region and (4) peer recognition as a leading company.