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About East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation

Who We Are

  • EWS-KT is a non-profit corporate foundation with unique ties to East-West Seed Group.
  • Our mission is to improve the production and business skills of smallholder farmers, with the aim of enhancing their livelihoods and increasing the supply of safe-to-eat vegetables while simultaneously catalyzing the development of innovative agricultural-input markets.

What We Do

We leverage a business-minded approach to sustainable development for farmers in less developed areas:

  • We offer practical field demonstrations on home and market-driven production.
  • We guide farmers to establish demonstration plots to showcase innovative techniques for growing vegetables.
  • We provide field-level training and exposure on best practices for profitable and sustainable farming.
  • We develop locally adapted extension materials and share information through digital media platforms.
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How We Work

  • We help develop competitive agricultural-input markets and position vegetable production as an attractive and viable livelihood for local communities.
  • We build partnerships with other organizations that share our core values to promote a sustainable and profitable vegetable production system for low-income and rural communities.
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Our Resources

We have high-quality training materials, on-the-ground teams, and a unique data system. All of our extension materials are available on the EWS-KT digital platform GrowHow, which offers a variety of learning materials, including crop guides available in more than 25 languages.

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Invisible Roots

Watch EWS-KT staff share their unique stories of affecting the lives of people across the world.

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Our Technical Expertise

  • check_24px Vast expertise in vegetable farming techniques
  • check_24px In-depth knowledge of local needs and tools to ensure farmer success
  • check_24px Digital expertise and a data-driven approach
  • check_24px Extensive skills in team management and farmer return on investment
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Our Partners

We co-invest with organizations that share our social impact vision and market-based approaches.

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Board of Trustees and Advisors

Rutger joined EWS-KT in 2017 as Board Chair. Rutger is also a member of East-West Seed Group’s Supervisory Board and a member of the Netherlands-African Business Council. View Bio
Rutger Groot
Board Chair
Joan Boer
Joan has 40 years of experience in development cooperation, including with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Joan Boer
Board Member
Brigit van Dijk van de Reijt
Brigit has over 20 years of experience in development finance and private-sector development. View Bio
Brigit van Dijk van de Reijt
Board Member
Joost has served as a member of East-West Seed Group’s Supervisory Board since 2015 and is also the Chairman of East-West Seed Indonesia’s Supervisory Board.
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Joost Pekelharing
Board Member
Flip van Koesveld, Board Advisor
A senior Wageningen University & Research expert, Flip is a practical field agronomist and specialist in tropical vegetable production, with a background in farmer extension, agribusiness, and sector development.
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Flip van Koesveld
Board Advisor

Our team

East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation has dedicated local field teams in each of the locations where we work. We currently employ more than 180 full-time staff.

Stuart Morris
Stuart Morris
Director
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Sylvie Desilles
Sylvie Desilles
Knowledge Manager
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Hoa Duong Piyaka
Hoa Duong Piyaka
Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships
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Elijah Mwashayenyi
Head of EWS-KT Africa
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Sathiyabama Baskaran
Sathiyabama Baskaran
Head of EWS-KT India
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Femke de Jong
Femke de Jong
Program Manager
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Girlie Frando
EWS-KT Manager Philippines
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Mar Lar Soe
Mar Lar Soe
EWS-KT Manager Myanmar
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Nonin Chho
Nonin Chho
EWS-KT Manager Cambodia
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Ruth Ardzard
EWS-KT Manager Nigeria
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Joshua Mwanguhya
EWS-KT Manager Uganda
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Giridhar Raghavendran
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
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Epaphras Milambwe
Epaphras Milambwe
EWS-KT Manager Tanzania
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Jemima Aku Djah
Jemima Djah
EWS-KT Manager Ghana
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Edwin S. Saragih
Extension Manager, Yayasan Bina Tani Sejahtera, Indonesia
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Atikur Rahman
Atikur Rahman
EWS-KT Manager Bangladesh
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