Thirty-one seed companies are assessed for the South and South-East Asia index on six measurement areas considered key for increasing access to quality seeds of improved varieties for smallholder farmers in the region. The ranking includes 13 global and 18 regional companies selling vegetable and field crops important for the food and income security of smallholder farmers in the region.

The top ten companies of the 2021 Access to Seeds Index for South and South-East Asia are a mix of five globally active and five regional companies. In 2021, two regional companies joined three global companies in the top five, unlike in 2019, where the top five were only global companies. Only the top 9 ranking companies score above 50%, with the highest score by East-West Seed at 81.9 out of 100. The average company score is 37%, and most companies (14) score below 25%. The low-ranking companies highlight a lack of transparency in disclosure of companies’ activities where they may have good practices to reach smallholder farmers in the region.

East-West Seed tops the 2021 Index, as in the 2019 index, with a solid access to seeds strategy, leading stakeholder engagement practices, research and development programmes across the region and an extensive portfolio of local crops. Advanta ranks second, two positions higher than in 2019, with a transparent access to seeds strategy, efforts to conserve the genetic diversity of crops in the region and investments in seed production in the region. Bayer ranks third, one position lower than in 2019, and shows strong performance in governance and strategy, research and development, marketing and efforts to reach remote areas.

India’s Mahyco Grow jumps from the 19th position in 2019 to the fourth position in 2021 due to improved transparency in showcasing their leading practices in marketing and sales with quality management systems and attention to women smallholder farmers across measurement areas. Acsen HyVeg, based in India, ranks fifth, a position higher than 2019, with good performance across all measurement areas.

Ranking overview

31 companies

Total score out of 100 Governance and strategy out of 10 Genetic resources and intellectual property management out of 15 Research and development out of 20 Seed production out of 15 Marketing and sales out of 25 Capacity building out of 15
1 East-West Seed
Total score 81.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 8.3 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 9.4 / 15
Research and development 19.2 / 20
Seed production 11.3 / 15
Marketing and sales 19.5 / 25
Capacity building 14.3 / 15
2 Advanta
Total score 77.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 11.9 / 15
Research and development 17.5 / 20
Seed production 12.2 / 15
Marketing and sales 14.8 / 25
Capacity building 15.0 / 15
3 Bayer
Total score 76.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 8.8 / 15
Research and development 15.8 / 20
Seed production 10.3 / 15
Marketing and sales 18.8 / 25
Capacity building 15.0 / 15
4 Mahyco Grow
Total score 71.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 7.5 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 5.6 / 15
Research and development 16.7 / 20
Seed production 10.3 / 15
Marketing and sales 20.3 / 25
Capacity building 11.3 / 15
5 Acsen HyVeg
Total score 64.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 8.1 / 15
Research and development 15.8 / 20
Seed production 9.4 / 15
Marketing and sales 18.0 / 25
Capacity building 7.5 / 15
6 Rijk Zwaan
Total score 59.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 10.6 / 15
Research and development 10.0 / 20
Seed production 8.4 / 15
Marketing and sales 15.6 / 25
Capacity building 10.5 / 15
7 Lal Teer Seed
Total score 59.2 / 100
Governance and strategy 3.3 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 4.4 / 15
Research and development 15.0 / 20
Seed production 10.3 / 15
Marketing and sales 18.0 / 25
Capacity building 8.3 / 15
8 Syngenta Group
Total score 56.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 5.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 11.3 / 15
Research and development 11.7 / 20
Seed production 6.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 14.1 / 25
Capacity building 8.3 / 15
9 JK Agri Genetics
Total score 51.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 7.5 / 15
Research and development 13.3 / 20
Seed production 6.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 14.8 / 25
Capacity building 5.3 / 15
10 Namdhari Seeds
Total score 45.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 3.8 / 15
Research and development 14.2 / 20
Seed production 9.4 / 15
Marketing and sales 11.7 / 25
Capacity building 6.0 / 15
11 Kalash Seed
Total score 43.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 4.4 / 15
Research and development 11.7 / 20
Seed production 7.5 / 15
Marketing and sales 13.3 / 25
Capacity building 4.5 / 15
12 Limagrain
Total score 43.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 2.5 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 6.9 / 15
Research and development 13.3 / 20
Seed production 9.4 / 15
Marketing and sales 7.0 / 25
Capacity building 4.5 / 15
13 BRAC Seed and Agro Enterprise
Total score 39.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 1.3 / 15
Research and development 10.8 / 20
Seed production 6.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 14.1 / 25
Capacity building 6.8 / 15
14 Corteva Agriscience
Total score 39.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 4.2 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 1.9 / 15
Research and development 8.3 / 20
Seed production 6.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 11.7 / 25
Capacity building 6.8 / 15
15 BASF
Total score 38.8 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 4.4 / 15
Research and development 7.5 / 20
Seed production 8.4 / 15
Marketing and sales 10.9 / 25
Capacity building 6.8 / 15
16 Sakata
Total score 36.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 1.9 / 15
Research and development 7.5 / 20
Seed production 9.4 / 15
Marketing and sales 12.5 / 25
Capacity building 5.3 / 15
17 Takii
Total score 35.4 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 2.5 / 15
Research and development 11.7 / 20
Seed production 6.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 10.2 / 25
Capacity building 4.5 / 15
18 Nuziveedu Seeds
Total score 23.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 1.3 / 15
Research and development 10.0 / 20
Seed production 5.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 4.7 / 25
Capacity building 1.5 / 15
19 Bejo
Total score 23.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 6.3 / 15
Research and development 5.8 / 20
Seed production 3.8 / 15
Marketing and sales 3.9 / 25
Capacity building 3.0 / 15
20 Enza Zaden
Total score 22.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 3.1 / 15
Research and development 9.2 / 20
Seed production 3.8 / 15
Marketing and sales 3.9 / 25
Capacity building 1.5 / 15
21 Rasi Seeds
Total score 22.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 10.0 / 20
Seed production 2.8 / 15
Marketing and sales 6.3 / 25
Capacity building 3.0 / 15
22 Charoen Pokphand Goup
Total score 22.0 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 8.3 / 20
Seed production 2.8 / 15
Marketing and sales 7.8 / 25
Capacity building 2.3 / 15
23 Bioseed
Total score 21.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 9.2 / 20
Seed production 5.6 / 15
Marketing and sales 4.7 / 25
Capacity building 2.3 / 15
24 Rallis India
Total score 21.3 / 100
Governance and strategy 1.7 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 6.7 / 20
Seed production 3.8 / 15
Marketing and sales 4.7 / 25
Capacity building 4.5 / 15
25 Known-You Seed
Total score 15.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 9.2 / 20
Seed production 2.8 / 15
Marketing and sales 2.3 / 25
Capacity building 0.8 / 15
26 National Seeds Corporation
Total score 12.6 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 0.0 / 20
Seed production 4.7 / 15
Marketing and sales 7.0 / 25
Capacity building 0.0 / 15
27 Indo-American Hybrid Seed
Total score 10.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 6.7 / 20
Seed production 1.9 / 15
Marketing and sales 2.3 / 25
Capacity building 0.0 / 15
- Vinaseed
Total score 10.9 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 6.7 / 20
Seed production 1.9 / 15
Marketing and sales 2.3 / 25
Capacity building 0.0 / 15
29 Punjab Seed Corporation
Total score 10.1 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 0.0 / 20
Seed production 4.7 / 15
Marketing and sales 3.1 / 25
Capacity building 1.5 / 15
30 Nongwoo Bio
Total score 8.5 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.0 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 0.0 / 15
Research and development 5.8 / 20
Seed production 1.9 / 15
Marketing and sales 0.8 / 25
Capacity building 0.0 / 15
31 KWS
Total score 5.7 / 100
Governance and strategy 0.8 / 10
Genetic resources and intellectual property management 2.5 / 15
Research and development 0.0 / 20
Seed production 0.0 / 15
Marketing and sales 2.3 / 25
Capacity building 0.0 / 15