Our seed production is for farmers, by farmers

Our commitment to serve farmers includes more than 11,000 seed growers who produce the seeds for our company.

Through the years, East-West Seed has trained, developed and organized a pool of smallholder farmers in many countries as seed growers, providing a sustainable income for remote rural communities.

These seed growers are now the biggest suppliers of East-West Group, majority of whom grow seeds in areas less than 2,000 sqm each.


Social Responsibility in Supply Chain

Our 7 Essentials code of conduct calls for “Protecting the environment,” “Respect for the Individual”, and “Health and Safety” with regard to our partners and staff. These principles are reflected in our supply chain activities, mainly in seed production where we advocate the provision of decent working conditions. We also promote and train our seed producers on the safe use of pesticides and basic protective equipment when handling chemicals, as well as proper disposal of waste in and around the farm area.

The “No Child Labor” initiative is implemented in all of EWS seed producing companies as part of our corporate social responsibility. India is the country with the biggest risk for Child labor, and special emphasis has been given to this country’s seed operation to prevent child labor at all cost. We regularly organize meetings with smallholder farmers and discuss awareness about child labor, health and safety, and minimum use of chemicals in seed production. We also organize awareness campaigns in villages and schools to create awareness about the importance of education. In addition, we conduct internal and external audits on child labor in seed production fields.

Read more: Preventing Child Labor

Multi-stakeholder Initiative Against Child Labor

The world of east-west seed

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Contract Growers

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Company ISTA accredited

Seeds are grown by local farmers for local farmers

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Production Plants Worldwide

Research and Innovation
Research and Innovation

R&D Stations

Seed Production
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Sales and marketing

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Governance and strategy

Governance and strategy

Governance and strategy

A purposeful, private company serving smallholder vegetable farmers to enhance food security

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Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation

Sustainable business powered by innovation

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Our Commitments

Our Commitments

Enhancing global and nutritional security

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Sales and marketing

Sales and marketing

Serving the needs of smallholder vegetable farmers in the tropics

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Capacity Building

Capacity Building

Extending knowledge to unlock the potential of smallholder farmers

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Genetic resources

Genetic resources

Safeguarding quality seeds for present and future use

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Breeders' Rights

Breeders' Rights

Protecting breeders' rights promotes choice and innovation

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What we do

What we do

Our local breeding programs are 'for farmers, by farmers'.

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