Since 2012, the Access to Seeds Index has set out to increase transparency around the seed industry and encourage the industry to enhance its contribution to key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two indexes have been published so far, in 2016 and 2019.
The third Access to Seeds Index, launching in 2021, will include three regional indexes: for South and South-east Asia (SSEA), Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and Western and Central Africa (WCA). The Index deepens insights into the contribution of the seed industry. This includes small- and medium-sized seed enterprises at local and regional level in South and South-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, both of which face high levels of hunger and rural poverty. The seed industry, with its key position at the start of the global food chain, is vital for realising multiple sustainability goals.
Our report includes the scope for the 2021 index and a list of companies that will be assessed in 2021.