Seed Programs International

Are you social distancing at home with some extra time on your hands? Are you looking to become more self-reliant and stretch your food budget? Do you want to help provide life-giving resources for local non-profits, food banks, and other community support groups affected by this crisis?

In the midst of this global pandemic, we are all thinking of ways we can be more self-sustaining. A personal garden is a great way to have more control over where your food comes from and how you can access it.Gardens also help mitigate the stress that comes with everyday life. For many of us, our gardens are not only where we grow food, but a place to connect with the earth, witness new life, and heal our mind and body.

Global Gardeners grow vegetables in solidarity with gardeners throughout the world who are planting the same seeds to provide essential nutrition and self-sufficiency for their families. Many of our partners are already practicing innovative gardening solutions using the same seeds that you'll receive in your Global Gardeners package. When you subscribe as an Individual, we'll match every seed packet you receive with a packet that will be provided to one of our international partners.

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At Seed Programs International, we envision a world where the most vulnerable people have access to viable vegetable seed and the knowledge to grow nutritious food. We believe that no one should go hungry — that the ability to grow and access nutritious food is a basic human right.

For the past 20 years, our work with local leaders has strengthened communities around the world. These are often communities that have borne the brunt of systemic exploitation, oppression, and violence — forces that similarly affect Black lives in the United States. We are committed to continuing our work to transfer material resources and knowledge so that people can gain more power over their own lives, both internationally and within the United States.

We stand with everyone who believes in equal rights for all people. We are committed to work that prioritizes the most disenfranchised throughout the world. As a group dedicated to human life, we will not stay silent while people are being impoverished, strangled, and killed by systemic violence. We stand for human rights.


In solidarity,

The SPI Team


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Half the world still lives on less than $2 per day. On this budget, it can be impossible to sustain life. Malnutrition in the developing world causes dire consequences for nearly a billion people, 60% of them women and girls. Yet, there is hope for change as the majority of those who are hungry are farmers by trade, but lack the resources to grow their own food. In many developing countries, women in particular are well-positioned to lead families and communities out of malnutrition and poverty.

Hunger is overcome when people are empowered to produce their own food.

Seed Programs International provides quality seeds and critically-needed expertise to impoverished communities in developing countries. The strategy initiates a cycle of self-sufficiency that gives people resources they need to feed themselves. Extra vegetables are readily sold to bring household income. Gardeners are then able to cover school fees and supplies, garden equipment, and healthcare, furthering their ability to overcome poverty.

With SPI’s investment in their futures, people around the world are achieving better lives—for their families and their communities.

SPI is an approved member of the Combined Federal Campaign.SPI is a member of the Alliance to End Hunger.

Hear It From Our Partners

  • GrowEastAfrica Women's Group

    Fate, GrowEastAfrica, Ethiopia

    Fate is a farmer who has forged a new livelihood from the resources and education she accessed through GrowEastAfrica, an SPI partner in Ethiopia. Building upon her training, she’s stepped into leadership with the Soyama Women's Association. She shares:

    "Just a few years ago, we were a community that was worried about what we would eat tomorrow and what the future looks like. Today, not only are we growing our own food, but we’re making plans for the future of our people and our community. We are creating markets for ourselves, we're inspiring and empowering each other, and we're saving money and contributing to our own development. Because of the support from Seed Programs International and Yohannes, we now have access to water where there was none. We’re building on what we’ve already accomplished to include neighboring villages and communities. Hope has come back to us, and we hope to grow our project so everyone — us, our communities, our villages and our country — can become fully self-reliant. We have reached this place because of the support of many people that we will never meet. It is all thanks you to you. Thank you for choosing to invest in our community and in our well-being."

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

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.