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Seed Programs International

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Sow Seeds To Fight Hunger. We provide quality vegetable seed, expertise, and resources that local people deploy to boost nutrition, income and climate resilience.
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Five people testing seeds before distribution.
In much of the U.S., few things exemplify the holiday season like food: heaping plates of turkey and mashed potatoes, mugs full of cocoa and cider, gingerbread houses with sticky gum drop windows, candy canes on trees, pie crust bursting with berries, or a glass of milk with cookies by the fire. However, around the world, millions of families don’t have the privilege of a full plate on any given day, or even a plate at all. Food insecurity and malnutrition threaten the livelihood of over one billion people. An estimated 60% of those are women and girls. Some of…

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  • Title: Girls enjoying harvest.
  • Charity: Seed Programs International
  • Country: Guatemala
  • Photo Credit: Seed Programs International

Girls enjoying harvest from their home garden.

  • Title: Girl eating a carrot from her home garden.
  • Charity: Seed Programs International
  • Country: Guatemala
  • Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Habitat for Humanity of Guatemala and Seed Programs International partner on a vegetable gardening project.

  • Title: Birhan Ladies harvesting onions.
  • Charity: Seed Programs International
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Photo Credit: GrowEastAfrica

Women are harvesting onion in Ethiopia.

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Birhan Ladies harvesting vegetables.
GrowEastAfrica (GEA) and Seed Programs International (SPI) have partnered in Burji district to augment rural farmer families’ traditional knowledge about local farming and agriculture. By gaining access to high-quality vegetable seeds and learning new farming practices, families reduce their food vulnerability by growing nutritious vegetables and quinoa for self-sufficiency. The GEA-SPI partnership focuses on the Birhan Ladies Group: a fifty-member women’s farming cooperative that was formed after 2,000 refugee families relocated near the town of Mega in southern Ethiopia. The refugee families—all traditionally-skilled farmers—fled their homes to escape inter-ethnic clashes between two Oromo tribes, the larger Borana tribe and smaller Burji tribe. Leaving their farms and animals behind, families traveled 200 miles to take shelter in the Burji district, their ancestral home. Since then, about half of the refugee families have returned to their former homes, while others remained in the Burji district to start new lives — like the…