SEED Library

Evidence-based insights into eco-inclusive business models and contributions to sustainable development.

GooGreens from Thailand

Published: 17 May 2023
GooGreens offers points through easy-to-access automatic recycled #waste collection dispensers in #Thailand where members can convert points to rewards. The point-to-point waste segregation platform is linked to #recycling vending machines using IoT and #AI sensors to classify recycled materials and transmit #data in real time. Read more

Find Folk from Thailand

Published: 17 May 2023
Find Folk co-creates responsible #tourism experiences with #local communities. The #enterprise also educates tourism stakeholders on responsible and #sustainable tourism with a view to having them use the limited resources in their #communities productively. Read more

Yoddoi Organic Coffee from Thailand

Published: 17 May 2023
Yoddoi sells organic single origin Arabica coffee grown in Doichang area of ChiangRai province, north of #Thailand. It promotes organic farming amongst Akha hill tribe, a small group of #coffee growers, and creates a farmers' satisfaction price to generate #sustainable income for #farmers. Read more

SunnyCotton from Thailand

Published: 17 May 2023
SunnyCotton’s key #business is merchandising #sustainable cloth #pads. The materials and production processes are locally sourced. Distribution channels are the enterprise's own #e-commerce platforms and partner stores. Read more

SEED celebrates 20 years of promoting entrepreneurship

Published: 15 May 2023
2022 is a special year for SEED, not only celebrating 20 years but also drawing lessons from activities and various projects, initiating new collaborations while looking forward to 2023 and beyond, being better informed and equipped to contribute to urgent transformative change with and through SMEs. The 2022 Annual Report highlights SEED activities and achievements in terms of enterprise support, ecosystem building and advocacy. Read more

SEED Annual Report 2022

Published: 04 May 2023
2022 is a special year for SEED, not only celebrating 20 years but also drawing lessons from activities and various projects, initiating new collaborations while looking forward to 2023 and beyond, being better informed and equipped to contribute to urgent transformative change with and through SMEs. The 2022 Annual Report highlights SEED activities and achievements in terms of enterprise support, ecosystem building and advocacy. Read more

SEED: 20 years of promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development in Zambia and launch of the Biodiversity Finance Accelerator

Published: 04 May 2023
For over 20 years now, SEED has been supporting eco-inclusive enterprises across more than 30 countries. Eco-inclusive MSMEs provide market-based solutions to social and environmental problems. These enterprises create lasting collective impacts across their value chains, serving the communities at the base of the pyramid and promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, while tackling environmental issues. Read more

Supporting Malawi

Published: 27 March 2023
By now many of you may have read about the devastating “record-breaking” longest-lasting tropical cyclone that has caused extensive damage, taking lives, leaving many families without shelter, food, and water in Southern Africa. The situation is critical and highlights the extreme urgencies of loss and damage caused by climate change especially to the global south, widening already existing inequalities. As partners working closely with these communities in Malawi, we would like to call for your support for them in their efforts to rebuild. Read more

SEED Female Entrepreneurship Month

Published: 22 March 2023
In honour of the International Women’s Day on 8th March, we kicked-off the SEED Female Entrepreneurship Month social media campaign. We're celebrating SEED-supported enterprises that are led by women or empower women through their inspiring work. Read more
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SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme by FAO and SEED

Published: 15 February 2023
FAO and SEED have identified twelve Agrifood Innovators from SEED's portfolio of 358 enterprises for the first rendition of the SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme. The Programme supports the selected innovators' pathway to scale up and links them with partners to strengthen their market development and innovation trajectories. Read more
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SEED Launch Event in Morocco

Published: 09 February 2023
SEED is honoured to welcome Julie Bynens, Secretary General, Flanders Department of Chancellery and Foreign Affairs, in Casablanca to celebrate the launch of the project. Over the next months, upcoming activities include Training for Trainers workshops for Business Development Service Providers, a Green SME Finance Academy for financial institutions and SEED Replicator & SEED Starter workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. Read more
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Climate Adaptation Awards in Botswana, Malawi and Zambia

Published: 01 February 2023Authors: Paula Cros Marchena
SEED is now accepting applications for the Climate Adaptation Awards in Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia. Funded by the Government of Flanders, the Awards are part of a joint initiative to promote entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Read more

SEED Contributed to the Arab Region Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2023

Published: 31 January 2023Authors: Supapim Wannopas
Urgent action is needed to secure the environmental commons, reverse environmental degradation, and support human well-being. The role of Green SMEs in this process cannot be overstated, as they have the potential to bring about positive societal change for a resilient future. Read more
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Advocating for the role of eco-inclusive MSMEs

Published: 26 January 2023
With the aim to further promote eco-inclusive entrepreneurship and advocate for the role of the SMEs in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SEED has been invited to join and contribute to a few major events: United Nations Regional Consultation for the Arab Region & United Nations Regional 3R and Circular Economy Forum in Asia and the Pacific. Read more
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Prototypes for the Green Finance Strategy 2021-2030, Uganda

Published: 14 December 2022Authors: Sonya Ong
This policy brief highlights three prototypes developed as solutions to accelerate green finance flows in Uganda, and serve as inputs to the new Uganda Green Finance Strategy developed by the National Planning Authority. Read more
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4 years of promoting entrepreneurship for sustainable development in Indonesia

Published: 12 December 2022
As part of SEED’s 20 Years celebration globally, the SEED 20 Years Celebration were held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate and reflect on SEED’s work in Indonesia. The event brought together stakeholders of SEED’s various programmes including beneficiary MSMEs, partners, and ecosystem players in the climate-smart entrepreneurship space. Read more
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SEED 20th anniversary celebration in India

Published: 09 December 2022
SEED celebrated 10 years of support for India’s transition to low-carbon and green economy since 2013 and the inauguration of the SEED India Hub in 2020. Read more
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Sustainable Local Procurement | Policy Brief Indonesia

Published: 01 December 2022Authors: Ade Afrilian, Camilla Shearman, Ivy Londa, Rizky Anugrah
The involvement of local MSMEs that provide sustainable goods and services in government procurement systems can drive the transition to a sustainable economy, provide job opportunities and local economic development, and accelerate the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more
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Sustainable Local Procurement | Policy Brief Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia)

Published: 01 December 2022Authors: Ade Afrilian, Camilla Shearman, Ivy Londa, Rizky Anugrah
Keterlibatan UMKM lokal yang menyediakan barang dan jasa berkelanjutan dalam sistem pengadaan barang dan jasa pemerintah dapat mendorong transisi menuju perekonomian berkelanjutan, memberikan lapangan kerja dan pengembangan ekonomi lokal, serta mempercepat pemulihan dari pandemi Covid-19 Read more
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SEED established cooperation with three vocational training institutes in Malawi

Published: 29 November 2022
Since 2014, SEED has extensively supported eco-inclusive entrepreneurs in Malawi. Making use of the experience and knowledge gained, SEED established a new cooperation with Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) colleges to enable targeted entrepreneurship support for their students and graduates. Read more

SEED 20 Years Celebration in Malawi

Published: 29 November 2022
A celebration was held at Bingu International Conference Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of the SEED programme and the launch of the Biodiversity Finance Accelerator (BioFA) project in Malawi. The event brought together eco-inclusive and biodiversity enterprises supported by SEED and BioFA programmes, as well as supporters and implementing partners in the climate-smart entrepreneurship space. Read more
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Practitioner Labs: Green Finance for Climate Adaptation & Biodiversity

Published: 29 November 2022
The Biodiversity Finance Accelerator (BioFA) in collaboration with SEED hosted Practitioner Labs: Green Finance for Climate Adaptation & Biodiversity in Malawi. The Practitioner Labs aimed to facilitate a hands-on process that results in targeted green finance solutions, which support the growth of MSMEs that are actively delivering biodiversity solutions and championing climate adaptation efforts across their value chains. Read more
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4 years of supporting climate-smart and socially inclusive enterprises in Thailand

Published: 22 November 2022
Established in 2018, the SEED Thailand Hub was instrumental in the implementation of the Global SEED Symposium and the Green Recovery Ecosystem Builder Programme Southeast Asia Cohort. Read more
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SEED is returning to Morocco!

Published: 21 November 2022
In 2022, many years after SEED’s last Award in Morocco, SEED is launching new activities to support green entrepreneurs. The aim is to strengthen innovation and job creation for a more sustainable and inclusive economy in Morocco. Read more
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SEED-Insights from COP27

Published: 14 November 2022
On 10 and 11 November, 2022, SEED hosted several high-level events during COP27. SEED presented the Sustainable SME Action Agenda, a joint SEED, GO4SDGs and UNEP Report outlining the critical next steps of action to scale Green SME Support. Finally, the Coalition for Innovation, Circularity and Entrepreneurship was launched, a catalyser for scale up and impact. Read more
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