Seed Programs International

Joline proudly shows eggplant grown in Mena, Haiti

Joline proudly shows eggplant grown in Mena, Haiti

Remember your support of our vegetable seed program in Haiti, last Fall? It may feel like long ago, but believe it or not, your gift is still reaping harvests for people facing hunger all over northern Haiti. Our partner there, Ayiti Konsevet (AKV) and many school/home seed recipients are still working hard to bring your gift to fruition. There has been a drought in Haiti for much of the first half of the year, but rains have recently started.

Recently, Wedly Deceus, AKV agronomist, visited a remote area called Mena where seeds had been provided in order to follow up and offer support. You will not find Mena on a map, but you can find Plezans (Plaisance), and Mena is across the river.

We wished to share a couple of pictures and quotes from this visit. You will see in the photos that the garden is not in a cleared area but rather surrounded by many different types of plants. AKV's strategy often includes reforestation along with vegetable gardening. Trees and other valuable perennials are planted in areas which had been overly cleared by those desperate for firewood. During the time while the newly-planted trees are still small and growing, requiring visits to keep down weeds and provide water, these are great areas to grow a vegetable garden.

Wedly says that all of the Seed Programs International seeds performed well, but specifically points to:

Pak Choi - "People enjoy eating it very much." In general we find that awareness and interest in these greens, which we think of as Asian, is on the rise in Africa and the Americas/Caribbean. They grow extremely quickly, which limits risk of cropping problems and provides fast nutrition during lean times.

Okra - "People appreciate this gonbo a lot." Okra is a great example of a crop for which seeds tend to have some availability worldwide, but with an extremely limited selection of one or two varieties. We can provide improved types which make a vast difference in the amount, quality, and reliability of harvest.

Again, thank you for your support - this gift keeps on giving.

Please find our GlobalGiving profile and current project at https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/15421/seed-programs-international/.

Okra grown in Mena, Haiti.

Okra grown in Mena, Haiti.


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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.