Seed Programs International

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Through partnerships with community-based organizations on the ground like Seed Savers Network Kenya (SSNK) and GRACE Project we have created long-term viability using an integrated approach that addresses economic, social, organizational, and environmental sustainability. These programs reflect SPI’s dedication to education, and provides communities and individuals with access to training and resources which were previously inaccessible. SPI’s program model ensures that communities continue to thrive long after SPI support ends.

Diatomite Self-Help Herbal Women’s Group

Diatomite Self-Help Herbal Women’s GroupThe Diatomite Self-Help Herbal Women’s Group consists of eight single women aged 25 to 45 in the Diatomite area who practice subsistence farming on less than one acre of land. Because they rely on farming in a drought-prone area, they struggle to grow enough food to sell at market and feed their children.

Though the group never considered entering into agribusiness, an SSNK officer introduced the idea of planting spices like coriander and pepper for market, and they have embraced it. At this time, the group has been trained, and land preparation is under way.

SOAR Academy, Nakuru

SOAR Academy, NakuruSOAR Academy educates more than 300 students in Kelelwet, Kenya, a town west of Nakuru in Great Rift Province. But education is not the only nourishment needed -- the school roster includes many orphans and other children for whom receiving a nutritious meal at school is the only way they will eat.

Working in this area has been a focus of the Waunakee, Wisconsin Rotary Club for several years, providing a well and water storage tank, latrines, school buildings, and other support. In 2015, the Waunakee Rotary applied via Rotarians Against Hunger (a project of Rotarians in W. North Carolina District 7670) to receive seeds from Seed Programs International.

Because of import issues in Kenya, we worked with our partner Seed Savers Network, Kenya to purchase vegetable seeds in Kenya: okra, swiss chard, carrot, squash, kale, coriander, and more. Daniel Wanjama with Seed Savers reports: “The seeds, coupled with technical advice from our network, have enabled the school to satisfy kitchen needs for highly nutritious school lunch, save 600 Shillings each day of school, and earn extra money for the school selling seedlings grown by the students. Local community families have also benefited by buying vegetable seedlings raised in the school.”

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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.