To help meet the world's growing demand for food and nutrition and to improve the productivity of smallholder farmers, East-West Seed focuses on variety development of tropical vegetables.
Our aim is to produce new, improved varieties with better yield, ability to thrive in changing conditions, and traits that are attractive to vegetable consumers. We take advantage of modern plant breeding technologies to develop better vegetable crops.
Over the years, we have developed some outstanding products that hit a homerun among farmers and consumers, and in many ways, transformed the market.Toward Zero Hunger
Ownership and Governance
The Groot family from left to right: Jan, Ard, Simon, Koen, Maaike and Rutger.
The company is privately owned, founded in 1982 by Simon Groot, a 6th generation seedsman from the Netherlands. It is governed by the Supervisory Board, a small group of shareholders composed of members of the Groot family as well as non-family members. The Supervisory Board meets three times a year to discuss the strategy and performance of the company and its holdings.
Over the past 10 years East-West Seed has moved from a loosely connected group of local companies with various shareholdings, to one Group with one ownership structure. Since February 2021, the East-West Seed Group is managed by an eight-person Managing Board.
Group-wide Functional Management has been put in place in our core functions: R&D, Sales, and Seed Operations. Individual companies under the Group are run by a fully local management team, led by the General Manager and the management committee of each country/organization.
Meet our Supervisory Board & Managing Board
View the Managing Board's profiles:
- Douwe Zijp, CEO
- Michel Devarrewaere, Vice President Production / Projects
- Paul Chaytor, Chief Supply Chain Officer
- Joost van Elzakker, Chief Commercial Officer
- Dilip Rajan, Chief Strategy Officer
- Cathlea Barote, Chief People Officer
- Marc-Philippe Garnaud, Chief Finance Officer
- Simon Jan De Hoop, Chief R&D Officer
For more information, access our Annual Reports
Collaborating with the informal seed sector
EWS believes in the complementarity of the formal and informal seed sector. In the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Myanmar and Tanzania, EWS has a pool of smallholder farmers who participate in variety evaluation and selection. They are given training on good agronomic practices, pest and disease management, recording and trial management.Read More