SPI has worked with more than 200 partners, ranging from international organizations like the UN World Food Program, to faith-based relief groups, to small humanitarian NGOs and civil service organizations, to individuals who develop and implement village-level projects.
There are two levels of partnership:
Seed customers view SPI as primarily a supplier of vegetable seeds for relief and development work. To learn more about our seed-supply logistics, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for partners and our seed orders page.
The ideal SPI seed customer:
- Has the capacity to distribute seed and support effective seed production on the ground;
- Makes funding available to cover the low cost of our six-step approach.
If you are interested in adding a seed program to your humanitarian efforts around the world, Seed Programs International offers you a turn-key operation. Bring good quality seed, warehousing, packaging, shipping, and know-how to your organization’s efforts at very low cost.
Programming partners view Seed Programs International as a possible supplier of vegetable seeds, but also a resource for development of vegetable gardening programs. SPI works with such partners on any of these aspects of programming:
- Co-designing program models and methods
- Seed assessment to determine the most appropriate vegetable choices for your region
- Assessment of the local seed supply in your service area
- Development of local seed and agriculture supply chains to replace our aid-based supply
- Training for emerging seed companies or seed bank/seed multiplication projects
- Developing and deploying basic train-the-trainer modules, such as in:
- Basic vegetable planting and harvest instruction
- Soil improvement
- Postharvest - keeping vegetables fresh
- Seed saving
- Vegetable marketing / sales
- Farm business planning
- Food preparation (cooking/preserving)
Who pays? New programming partners may include SPI’s services as a line-item under existing funding and/or write the work into future project proposals. In other cases, SPI works together with a programming partner to collaboratively develop funding.
Join our growing list of past and current partners today.