Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, East-West Seed continues to get its vegetable seeds as close to its smallholder farmers as possible. Disruption of vegetable farming now could lead to shortages of nutritious vegetables in the near future. Vegetable farmers need continued access to seeds and other essential agriculture inputs. Working together with other seed companies, central and local governments, we are doing our utmost to get exemptions from lockdowns in order to minimize the impact on farming. Foremost is the health and safety of each individual and all our teams around the world. We go beyond the necessary: we ensure all our employees are safe, we encourage working from home and a safe working space by maintaining social distance at all our facilities. Disruptions in logistics could get worse, so our teams are making sure our inventory is close to where our vegetable growers continue to farm. We started East-West Seed almost forty years ago, but our mission remains the same: to improve the lives of farmers working in the most challenging environments imaginable. These vegetable growers - like our company - face all the adversities of Mother Nature: whether droughts, floods or pests.
Forty years of falling and getting up again, pioneering and experimenting.
Never giving up.
As a result, the resilience of our teams has been tested many times over. And each time, after each crisis, our employees, vegetable farmers and our business partners came out stronger together.
External stress makes a species stronger. This time is no different.
On behalf of the East-West Seed Board of Management:
Bert van der Feltz, President and CEO
Michel Devarrewaere, Vice President
Simon de Hoop, Vice President
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