Simon Groot, the founder of East-West Seed, today received the Mansholt Business Award for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The Wageningen University Fund presents this award to a successful, inspirational entrepreneur who has a sustainable social impact somewhere in the world.

Simon Groot received this award for the way in which his seeds, but particularly his knowledge and skill, have helped millions of small-scale farmers in tropical regions to develop from self-sufficiency to running a business. With assistance from East-West Seed they have been able to improve their income, their own lives, and those of the people around them.