Our mission is to provide innovative products and services that will help increase the income of vegetable farmers, and promote the growth and quality of the tropical vegetable industry.
To be the best tropical vegetable seed company in the world.
We are the farmer's champion.We listen closely to them and understand their needs.We offer our best solutions and deliver quality in everything we do to improve their yield and income.
We cultivate ideas and harvest innovation.Research excite us.We build an environment for creativity,in the laboratory,in the field and in the office.
We constantly challenge ourselves and our team to excel. We work together, trust each other, care for and respect each other’s unique and diverse talents.
Serving farmers is our business.We work for smallholder vegetable farmers in the tropics by supplying high quality seeds that help them grow better crops and realise higher yield.We make better seeds available and share the farming skills that farmers need to earn more income.
In 1982, 6th generation Dutch Seedsman Simon Nanne Groot set out to introduce high-quality vegetable seeds in Southeast Asia. He was convinced that better inputs were essential to increase smallholder farmers income.
Improving tropical vegetables for local markets and growing conditions
East-West Seed introduced market-oriented plant breeding in Southeast Asia in 1982, with the mission to improve the income of smallholder farmers through high-quality vegetable seeds. Smallholder farmers were the main clients then, and they continue to be up to now.
East-West Seed has played an important role in the improvement of tropical vegetable varieties that are adapted to local markets and growing conditions. The privately-owned company produces and markets a wide portfolio of hybrid and open-pollinated seeds. In addition, the company educates farmers and helps them to maximize their yield through better knowledge on vegetable production.
Today, East-West Seed is one of the 10 largest vegetable seed companies in the world, with a leading position in the most important Southeast Asian countries and rapid expansion into India, China, Africa and South America
East-West Seed is a fast-growing, multi-cultural organization with over 4,600 employees. It has 15 R&D establishments in 7 countries. The company exports to over 60 countries in tropical areas of the world. It has its headquarters in Thailand.
Estimated global population by year 2050
The required increase in current agricultural production to meet the projected food demand by 2050
Smallholder farmers in the world's farm structure
Average farm size in Asia. In Africa, it's 1.9 hectares.
Board of Management
Bert van der Feltz
Bert has been with the company since 2000 and is a longtime member of the Board of Management. He spearheaded the internationalization drive of the Group with the establishment of East-West Seed International. He led the brand’s launch India, which is now the Group’s fastest growing market.
Michel, former Group Manager for Seed Operations, is the latest addition to the Board of Management. He is an experienced seedsman with 20 years within operations in the company.
Research & Development
Seed Supply Organization
Sales & Marketing
Business Partner Functions 12%
Mansholt Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship
In September 2015, East-West Seed founder and chairman Simon Groot was awarded the Mansholt Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (M-BASE). This award is given by Wageningen University, The Netherlands to entrepreneurs who have made a positive impact on society while creating business value.
“Best of the Best” Innovation Award
In 2003, East-West Seed’s hot pepper variety called Super Hot was awarded the “Best of the Best” in Thailand’s Best Innovation Awards for offering farmers better quality fruit with a yield rate 50 per cent greater than its predecessor, earlier maturity, longer shelf life, improved tolerance to disease and greater environmental adaptability.
Position on Key Issues
Preventing child labor
Our company supports the UN Declaration on Human Rights and shares the principles contained in the International Labour Standards on Child Labour. We do not tolerate child labor in any of our working places including contracted seed production fields.