Why Vegetable Seeds?

Seed Programs International

Why grow vegetables?Vegetable growing is a good fit for the needs of poor rural and peri-urban families because vegetables can be a source of both nutrition and income. The term “agrobiodiversity” refers to how wide-ranging the crops are which a population grows in their farms and gardens. Increasing agrobiodiversity boosts nutrition, income, and resiliency to disaster.

Unlike seeds for staple foods, vegetable seed supply chains are narrow—there may be few or no sources reaching remote areas where people are hungry. Seed sources are unreliable. “What’s in the package isn’t even the same species on the label,” one partner in Haiti told us.

Vegetable gardens can be transformative. Compared with other crops, the harvest is quick and diverse in nutrition. One vegetable garden can help a family move from aid dependency to self-sufficiency. One box of SPI seeds can grow 100 vegetable gardens – 5 tons of food.

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Why are People Hungry?

Why are People Hungry?

Poverty and unjust distribution of resources are the basic causes of hunger.

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PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


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Lombardy, ON

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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.