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
For many years, the company has recognized that access to quality seeds and
sharing knowledge go hand in hand. East-West Seed is actively involved in farmer
training and extension to support farmers with knowledge and skills in profitable
In 2016, East-West Seed was ranked #1 in the “Global Index for Vegetable Seed
Companies” and “Regional Index for Eastern Africa” by Access to Seeds, an
independent organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The
Index measures the efforts of the world’s leading seed companies to enhance the
productivity of smallholder farmers.
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 and 10 seed processing facilities in 7
countries. The company exports to over 60 countries in tropical areas of the world. It
has its headquarters in Thailand.