1. Nairobi, 30 June 2015 - After 8 years at the helm of the SEED, Helen Maquard finished her mission as the programme's Executive Director today. Under her leadership, SEED has evolved from a biennial awards scheme into a multi-component programme for action on sustainable development and the green economy.
  2. At the SEED South Africa Symposium 2015, SEED announced the Accelerator recipients.
  3. They are one of the most visually-enthralling trees on the planet. The ancient Baobab – endemic mostly to semi-arid regions of tropical Africa including Mozambique – can live for over 1000 years.
  4. SEED’s achievements in 2014 are captured in the 2014 SEED Annual Report.
  5. Small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) contribute an estimated 12 per cent towards Namibia’s gross domestic product and employ about 20 per cent of the country’s workforce.
  6. SEED and its hosting partner Adelpi Research participated in the launch of the Inclusive Business Action Network (IB Action Network) that took place on 18-20 November 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
  7. UN Women has now launched iLearn, a global mobile-learning platform for and by women entrepreneurs.
  8. As one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi is characterised by a largely rural population; 84 per cent of Malawi’s population lives outside cities and depends on agriculture as their primary source of income.
  9. When UNEP, UNDP and IUCN decided to register the SEED Initiative as a Type II partnership at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, they clearly thought they were on to something – but possibly not quite what SEED is now.
  10. ‘Teach a man how to fish‘ or, as in this case, ‘ride a bike’, espouses the core aim of the founders of a social and green enterprise that is intent on improving the living standards of rural Mozambicans.
  11. The exponential growth of small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America has contributed significantly to the burgeoning green economy.
  12. Particularly women are increasingly perceived to play a significant role in realising the transformation to a greener economy and poverty reduction in countries with developing economies.
  13. Africa has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but many people remain excluded from the benefit of this growth with almost half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa living on less than USD1.25 per day.
  14. With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, consultations are taking place globally to draw out insights that can contribute to the “Post-2015 Development Agenda and Framework”.
  15. The 2018 SEED Low Carbon Awards are available for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.
  16. SEED was invited to partake in the sixth Global Social Business Summit (GSBS 2014) that is taking place in Mexico City on 27-28 November 2014 under the theme: “Shaping Social Business to Shape the World of 2020”.
  17. Nairobi plays host to one of the largest gatherings of start-up social and environmental enterprises ever, as 41 green entrepreneurs are celebrated at the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium.
  18. Start-up social and environmental entrepreneurs who have developed innovative products or services and are working with local communities can win a tailor-made business support package through the 2014 SEED Awards, which open for nominations today.
  19. Over 150 participants from  government,  private  sector, media, academia,  development, and  civil  society organisations gathered at the SEED South Africa Symposium, held over 19 and 20 March 2014.
  20. "The Solar Women of Totogalpa" from Nicaraguan 2008 SEED Award Winner "Lighting Up Hope And Communities" are portrayed in the documentary „Adelante Con El Sol“.
  21. Adam Camenzuli, CEO of 2013 SEED Winner KARIBU Solar Power, is featured in an article about the great potential of Solar Power in Africa in this month's Forbes Africa. 
  22. World Environment Day (WED) is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. WED activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year involving everyone from everywhere.
  23. Since 2009, SEED and its research partner, IISD, have conducted a three year study to increase knowledge and understanding about small-scale social and environmental enterprises.
  24. New York, 13 July 2017 – Banana-stem bags in Kenya, school benches made from plastic waste in Burkina Faso, improved livelihoods for coffee farmers, and safer mountain gorillas in Uganda—these are some of the 15 winners of this year’s SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards announced during the High-Level Political Forum in New York.
  25. A Partnerships Forum will be organized at Rio+20, which will consist of highly dynamic and interactive sessions to highlight the significant contributions of partnerships to the implementation of sustainable development. SEED will participate in two sessions of the forum.
  26. Three of the 2011 SEED Winners will be showcasing their initiative as examples of innovative women-led enterprises.
  27. SEED has worked closely with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) since 2007 on a programme of research to increase technical knowledge and understanding about small-scale social and environmental enterprises.