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Agronomist Wedly Deceus, reporting from Haiti.

Agronomist Wedly Deceus, reporting from Haiti.

Dear Seed Programs Supporter,

You may remember donating to our project in Haiti last fall or winter, to support home, school, and farmer vegetable-growing programs. Unfortunately, drought conditions were severe in Haiti in early 2014, hampering full success using seeds and training provided at that time. Our partners smartly opted to hold back some resources due to challenging outlook for planting -- but fortunately, your gifts collectively went over and above our goals, allowing ongoing support and renewed efforts this fall, especially on the home gardens front. More seeds were sent this summer to ensure good germination. Here is a report from Haitian Agronomist Wedly Deceus:

Future Vegetable Seed Growers, Yorita, Honduras

Future Vegetable Seed Growers, Yorita, Honduras

Great news! Our first shipment of seeds, for planting soon, is set to go out as soon as import requirements are worked through.

Here is what our Honduran partners have selected. This is the first of two seasonal shipments. "We are just learning about vegetable growing and expect some amount of trial and error, so the farmer groups wish to try as many different vegetables as possible this first time," state project coordinators Fredy Sierra and Sally Humphries.

Sharing seeds

Sharing seeds

Great News. We give our deep thanks to the Zimmer Foundation for committing $5,000 of support for this project. GlobalGiving progress had persisted for six months in a very "slow but steady" fashion, but this big bump finally allows us to jump in with both feet.

Planning Underway. Fredy Sierra and Jose Jimenez with our partner FIPAH in Honduras along with Dr. Sally Humphries (University of Guelph, Ontario) have begun to execute a deep and wonderful plan to use the vegetable seeds youare helping to provide! Here is an excerpt from their plan, as communicated by Dr. Humphries. I thought you as a donor via GlobalGiving would be esepcially interested in the plan for training. It always wise along with giving seeds to also share knowledge - and set up local bearers of that knowledge for success.

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.

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PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
828-707-1640

 

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Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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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.