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Our Unique Ties with East-West Seed

Our unique relationship with East-West Seed Group is pivotal to our success. Not only does the company act as a first mover on the market, which enables us to catalyze competitive input markets, it also provides us with significant annual income (based on 1.75% of global seed sales) that covers our core operational expenses.

In addition, using the administrative, human resources, finance, and information technology systems and infrastructure of East-West Seed’s country-based companies enables us to deliver the most cost-effective training services. This allows us to keep overhead costs to a minimum (approximately 16%), while 84% of our and our partners’ investments go directly to programmatic costs. East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation (EWS-KT) is a flexible, cost-efficient, and values-driven partner.

Only in countries where East-West Seed has not yet established a full legal presence and thus operates through distributors, or in cases in which accessing donor funds is a challenge, does EWS-KT establish local non-profit entities. 

Legal Status

In May 2016, East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation (Stichting East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer) was registered as a non-profit foundation in the Netherlands.

In December 2019, EWS-KT was recognized by the Netherlands government as a public benefit organization (ANBI).

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Annual Reports

EWS-KT is dedicated to the highest standards of financial transparency and conduct. We also conduct project-specific audits as requested. 

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Reporting to Partners

We aim for strong financial, operational, and program management systems and reporting to ensure a responsible organization that meets the highest standards.

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Leadership

A global leadership team guides the strategic direction of EWS-KT. Their diversity of expertise spans business, technology, horticulture, finance, public policy, and international development.

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Guiding Policies

EWS-KT has developed financial and ethical policies critical for our work. Employee handbooks, procurement policies, accounting manuals, and other policies and guidelines, are specifically tailored for each country but generally follow the guidelines of East-West Seed Group.

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