The World Food Prize Foundation announced Simon N. Groot as the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate. Groot, founder of East-West Seed (EWS), has successfully developed a dynamic, smallholder-centric tropical vegetable seed industry, starting in Southeast Asia and spreading throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This award is considered as the Nobel prize for food.
East-West Seed has its roots in the Dutch ‘SeedValley’. At the moment the company is the market leader for tropical vegetable seeds in Asia and expanding rapidly in Africa and Latin America. The privately-owned company has played an important role in the development and improvement of tropical vegetable varieties in Southeast Asia and other tropical countries.
Impactful global network
With his company Simon Groot has played a transformative role in improving the health and economic opportunities of small farmer communities in more than 60 tropical countries by helping them move from subsistence farming to horticultural entrepreneurship. East-West Seeds developed an impactful global network of seed producers who are transforming the lives of 20 million farmers every year.