Seed Programs International

enza zadenEnza Zaden is an innovative, international vegetable breeder and seed producer based in the region known as “seed valley” in The Netherlands. Enza’s US headquarters is in Salinas, California.

Enza Zaden and SPI are for-profit and not-for-profit companies, yet we share very similar goals. “Our primary aim is to grant people anywhere in the world access to healthy, varied vegetables,” is Enza’s pledge. They achieve that by breeding varieties that require fewer crop inputs, are resistant to diseases, and that can be grown in places where very few vegetable cropping choices are otherwise available. To back up the seed, Enza staff provide technical assistance to growers and remote distributors in order to get the most benefit from their varieties.

As a generous supporter of SPI’s work via cash donation, Enza Zaden is putting extra muscle into their core beliefs. While Enza uses a sustainable business model to reach emerging small farmers in economically developing regions, SPI is providing similar services to people who can’t afford seeds at all, are too isolated to reach seed sources, and/or have been touched by crises and disasters. As conditions improve and SPI’s local partners work to strengthen their communities, SPI seed users can become customers of Enza Zaden and other seed companies, many of whom are working hard to extend the availability of good vegetable seed throughout the word.

There are still 800 million people in our world who don’t have enough nutrition to lead a healthy life. To solve a problem this big, we need all hands on deck working together: businesses, charities, individual supporters of all faiths and backgrounds, and people striving to improve their own communities. Thank you, Enza Zaden, for joining us in this work.

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


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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.