Seed Programs International

Tamiko GainesMeet the Newest member of our Board of Directors Tamiko Gaines. It is an honor to have her on our team. Tamiko is the Director of Institutional Relations and Development at HM.CLAUSE, a global agribusiness organization specializing in the breeding, production, and commercialization of vegetable seeds varieties for professional growers. HM.CLAUSE is 100% dedicated to vegetable seeds, and is among the top 5 vegetable seed entities in the world.
Prior to leading the Department of Institutional Relations and Development at HM.CLAUSE, Tamiko served successively as the global organization’s Public Relations Manager and Head of Public Affairs.
Before joining HM.CLAUSE in 2009, Tamiko spent more than 15 years in global marketing management, international and domestic sales, and university level teaching.
Named a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar in 1987, Tamiko earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from UCLA, with Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and 4 year National Dean’s List honors. She went on to earn a Global Marketing Management MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA (1996). As an International Management Fellow, she also completed 1 year of DESS Marketing graduate studies at IAE in Aix-en-Provence, France. Tamiko later earned a Master of Arts degree and completed all doctoral coursework for a Ph.D. in French Literature, with a specialization in Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, from the University of Southern California.
Tamiko currently serves on various institutional advisory boards and executive committees, including serving on the ASTA FuSE Organizing Committee; serving as Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Davis, California Chamber of Commerce; and serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

EbolaIt’s been one year since we heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and you may not be seeing or hearing about it so much in the media these days. With almost 10,000 people reported to have died of the virus, the crisis is far from over and there is still much to be done. Although the spread of the disease has slowed, it has not stopped, and the long-term effects of the outbreak are devastating. Many people have lost their livelihoods and lack steady sources of income.

Food shortage is often an issue in Liberia and many sub-Saharan African countries, and the number of people without food has grown in the wake of Ebola. In a country where so many already lived on less than $2 a day, Ebola has crippled the struggling population's ability to earn a livelihood and feed their families. The epidemic has caused missed planting and harvesting seasons, price spikes, and food shortages.
What does all this mean? It means that even as we see the number of cases come down, we cannot disengage. There is much work that needs to be done. Working with three in-country partners to reach those most isolated by poverty and disease, SPI has provided more than 25,000 packets of tested, appropriate vegetable seeds, along with support and training. Together with our partner organization Church Aid Liberia we are committed to supporting communities Liberia build a better future. 

For more details visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/seeds-for-liberia/

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


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Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.