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Woman with Radishes, near Santa Rita

Woman with Radishes, near Santa Rita

As the year comes to a close, it's time for reflection! To look back and capture a whole year of work is hard, but sometimes we like to hear and share the small stories instead of the big statistics. Here's one photo (and the story behind it) from each of our partnerships in Honduras made possible with your support.

In the first picture is Mrs. Martinez from near Santa Rita, Honduras, delighted with her harvest of radishes to which the whole family contributed. There, SPI vegetable seeds are distributed along with technical support by Mennonite Social Action Committee (CASM). Their team has developed a training program that includes appropriate irrigation technology, use of bio-enzymes, and pest control and nutrition using organic fertilizers.

The second photo shows a father and daughter near the town of Copan, harvesting beans. Our partner (via the Rotary Club of Copan Ruinas) is World Vision Honduras. Compared with cash/export crops and grain crops, vegetable-growing is typically done in small mixed plots close to the house, so is a mode of agriculture especially conducive to working together as a family. We're all about alleviating malnutrition and poverty . . . but we are so often reminded that intangible benefits--such as strengthening family bonds, healing from crises, or personal pride in having new knowledge--are even more important in the long run.

The final photo was provided by FIPAH, our partner about 5 hours farther east, working in the mountains around Jesus de Otoro. FIPAH's program is highly focused on teaching village-level groups to not only produce food, but also to produce seeds for next year's harvests. This couple is checking on their mature cabbage seed crop. 

I wish you a great 2016 and we look forward to sharing even more results from this important work in Honduras.

Harvesting Beans Together, near Copan.

Harvesting Beans Together, near Copan.

Producing Seeds, near Otoro.

Producing Seeds, near Otoro.
 
 

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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.