Seed Programs International

Hondurans are growing the next generation of seeds

Hondurans are growing the next generation of seeds
  • Doña Isidora from Ojo de Agua is reproducing onion seed with what she learned at the field school.
  • Doña Magdalena from Guayabal has started to test methods of reproducing lettuce seed.
  • Doña Ignacia from El Injerto is reproducing turnip seed.  

Nothing could make us happier! Here at SPI, we provide seeds so that those facing malnutrition can grow some of the food they need. But when people like these three Honduran women learn to select, grow, save, and store seeds for their neighbors, in addition to growing food, we are thrilled to know that the day is coming soon when we will be out of a job, in that region . . . and this is the best possible outcome of our work. 

We've received a report from our partner FIPAH in Honduras, regarding the first half of 2015, and the news of seed-saving efforts is only part of the story.

We often talk about our programs as diversifying diets that are too heavily dependent on starchy foods that fill bellies but give incomplete nutrition to grow, thrive, be productive, and be healthy. But in this case, vegetables were often the ONLY food. Honduras saw an especially strong El Nino weather pattern this year, which brought severe drought. As a result, 50-100% of the staple maize and bean crops failed. 

Ever-shifting weather patterns make small farmer families rightfully anxious as they look into the future. Our partner writes, "Small vegetable plots provide one option for food security for farm families given the uncertainty of future grain harvests." 

With your help, knowledge, tools, leadership, and seeds are being delivered daily in the Honduran highlands - a complete package that supports life and livelihood. In total this year, farmer groups in 59 communities received seeds, and planted 349 vegetable gardens. Vegetables included tomato, sweet pepper, carrots, cabbage, beans, radish, lettuce, jalapeno, beets, pumpkin, eggplant, okra, green beans, turnip, chines cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, onion, spinach, and beets. Thank you!

Healthy vegetables on hillsides in Otoro.

Healthy vegetables on hillsides in Otoro.

 Kids love the garden!

Kids love the garden!

Tomato harvest.

Tomato harvest.

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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.