African seed companies outperform multinationals in serving smallholder farmers

KENYA – Kenya’s East African Seed Company and Zimbabwe’s Seed Co. have topped the list of companies playing a critical role in raising smallholder farmer productivity on the continent. According to the 2019 Access to Seeds Index for Eastern and Southern Africa released by Amsterdam-based research firm, Access to Seeds Foundation, the two homegrown African seed companies have outperformed multinational peers in serving smallholder farmers. While East African Seed stands out for a broad portfolio including local crops and large network of extension staff across multiple countries, Seed Co. boasts…

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