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Seed Programs International

SPI has worked with more than 200 partners, ranging from international organizations like the UN World Food Program, to faith-based relief groups, to small humanitarian NGOs and civil service organizations, to individuals who develop and implement village-level projects.

There are two levels of partnership:

Seed customers view SPI as primarily a supplier of vegetable seeds for relief and development work. To learn more about our seed-supply logistics, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for partners and our seed orders page.

The ideal SPI seed customer:

  • Has the capacity to distribute seed and support effective seed production on the ground;
  • Makes funding available to cover the low cost of our six-step approach

If you are interested in adding a seed program to your humanitarian efforts around the world, Seed Programs International offers you a turn-key operation. Bring good quality seed, warehousing, packaging, shipping, and know-how to your organization’s efforts at very low cost.

Programming partners view Seed Programs International as a possible supplier of vegetable seeds, but also a resource for development of vegetable gardening programs. SPI works with such partners on any of these aspects of programming:

  • Co-designing program models and methods
  • Seed assessment to determine the most appropriate vegetable choices for your region
  • Assessment of the local seed supply in your service area
  • Development of local seed and agriculture supply chains to replace our aid-based supply
  • Training for emerging seed companies or seed bank/seed multiplication projects
  • Developing and deploying basic train-the-trainer modules, such as in:
    • Basic vegetable planting and harvest instruction
    • Soil improvement
    • Postharvest - keeping vegetables fresh
    • Seed saving
    • Vegetable marketing / sales
    • Farm business planning
    • Nutrition
    • Food preparation (cooking/preserving)

Who pays? New programming partners may include SPI’s services as a line-item under existing funding and/or write the work into future project proposals. In other cases, SPI works together with a programming partner to collaboratively develop funding. 

If you are interested in working with Seed Programs International and wish to learn more, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828-337-8632.

Ready to request seed? Visit our seed orders page or contact us with questions.

Join our growing list of past and current partners today. 

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PO Box 9163
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.