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Bean research led by small farmers in honduras.

We have encountered some difficulties getting recent shipments of seed into Honduras because of import restrictions that require negotiation with the ministry of Agriculture.  But that  delay is perhaps for the best because of the very heavy rains in the fall in Honduras.  So the bad news is actually good news --  we would have lost many of the seeds to flooding had they gone in earlier. Luckily, there are continued traditional vegetable planting seasons in the early months of 2015. This year, the nutrition provided by these vegetables will be especially important because the endless rain has made it hard to mature, dry, and harvest the staple food crops of maize and beans.

Meanwhile, the work to build farmer skills, knowledge, and leadership by our partner FIPAH has continued unabated.

The plan, once vegetable-growing is underway, is for seed plots to be sown in the communities to allow farmers to become acquainted with the new seed and how to save and multiply it. Each regional group of village-based farmer leaders will take responsibility for one or two veg seed types, and together they will share future seed harvests for 10-15 different vegetables.

We are delighted to partner with this group because this won't be a new experience for FIPAH - they went through a farmer-led research process with beans, as shown in the first attached photo. They are also deeply aware (and ever-learning) how to improve soil even in challenging mountainous conditions. The last attached photo shows vermicomposting (soil improvement and nutrient development through "farming" earthworms).

Preparing the soil

Preparing the soil

Vermicomposting - worms build soil fertility

Vermicomposting - worms build soil fertility
 
 

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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.