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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.

Ebola health workshop participants, Liberia.

Ebola health workshop participants, Liberia.

While we work toward getting funds and logistics in place to send vegetable seeds, our main partner in Liberia, Church Aid, Inc. (New Water in the Desert) continues its highly community-based work to battle the disease itself. Reverend Kortu Brown reports:

"Church Aid Incorporated . . . has for the past three months gotten involved in the physical fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through a Special Ebola Response Team, SERT. This response initiative started up by reaching out to communities to help pregnant women, lactating mothers, old folks and vulnerable people with food and non-food items. It also continued by making donation of Medications and Personal Protective Equipments –PPEs, etc, to Hospitals. The response went one step further and started working with communities’ stakeholders The next stage of the response initiative is training. The response has lead to the organization of workshops to train communities’ members; beginning with 9 communities’ based Youth Organizations with about 70 participants on the 4 of September, 2014.

The latest of the training response initiative was held on October 10, 2014 with 25 churches leaders and members in the Banjor Community. The "training of trainers" workshop was held under the theme: Ebola Awareness & Prevention Volunteerism and the Road to an Ebola Free Liberia. The training was conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, our partners. A total of 60 persons were trained to become trainers in their various segment of the Banjor community on the awareness and prevention of Ebola. The 3 hours presentation was interactive as the facilitators was able to speak and correct the doubts in the mind of participants of how the virus is spread and how it can be prevented and that coming down with Ebola is not a death sentence, but early seeking of treatment gives one the chance to survive. However, what kills most is denial!"

Because of the shortage of health care workers, much of the focus of train the trainer workshops is on basic healthcare facts like how to mix disinfectants: "The workshop was quite a successful one as participants were able to ask many questions most especially for the measurement of the disinfectants. They were taught that the disinfectants measurement is of two types, highly concentrated, 0.5 solution for disinfecting areas and other things that may belong to  asick person and the 0.05 solution for hand washing. They were now fully equipped to take these messages to their community with most persisting emphasis against denial."

Ebola prevention workshop facilitators, Liberia.

Ebola prevention workshop facilitators, Liberia.

Montserrado (seed destination) is #1 in new cases.

Montserrado (seed destination) is #1 in new cases.

Gardening is a nutrition solution during crisis.

Gardening is a nutrition solution during crisis.

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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.

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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.