After years of brutal violence, finally a small sign of hope! At the agricultural fair in Bozoum, Central African Republic, 178 cooperatives gather to sell their products. Amongst them are the recipients of SPI seeds, selling fresh vegetables. "This is the first time in two years the fair is taking place again, a bet made on hope” says Father Aurelio Gazzera, one of SPI's partners working in CAR. Father Aurelio Gazzera is the Bishop of St. Michael Parish of Bouzoum, and has bravely led mediation efforts, provided shelter for thousands fleeing their homes during the violence of ongoing wars, and is helping the local community grow their own food to feed their families.
The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the least developed countries in the world, coming in at 187 out of 189 countries in the 2014 UN Human Development Index. After a visit to CAR last year, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the BBC that “desperate is an understatement” in describing the situation there. Even with the conflicts in the neighboring countries spilling over into the CAR’s borders, SPI has delivered desperately needed seeds with support from our partners like Father Aurelio Gazzera.
SPI's seed shipment to CAR are funded by the Watson Children's Foundation
Check out Father Aurelio's blog here: http://bouzouminternational.blogspot.co.uk
Article from WorldWatchMonitor.com about Father Aurelio's amazing work here: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/06/article_3202859.html/
The Madagascar SEEDS Project promotes learning and self-sufficiency by offering much-needed training in the cultivation of nutritious options for feeding families and for generating income. The project helps a thousand families benefit from the donation of thousands of vegetables seeds. Seed distribution takes place at the CRMF literacy centers, where students received lessons in home gardening. The gardens growing today were started with seeds from last year's plants. The renewed hope, the feeling of empowerment, and the sense of accomplishment that this project instills in each gardener is immeasurable.
I write on behalf of all those who benefit from the nutrition project and on behalf of myself as program coordinator of this collaborative effort between CRMF and ONG St Gabriel.
We wish to thank you immensely for your support for the home garden project. Your endowment contributes greatly in our fight against malnutrition. We can find no words to thank you adequately, but we can promise we will do the best gardens in a short time and we will send you lots of pictures. At the moment it rains too much and our gardens are not very pretty.
SPI's seed shipments to Madagascar are funded by the Watson Children's Foundation http://www.childfirstmeds.org
Meet 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.
It’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/