OUR VISION is a world in which even the poorest, most disadvantaged people have access to viable seed and the knowledge to grow and utilize food.
OUR MISSION is to provide good quality seed, expertise, and training materials to humanitarian organizations working around the world to alleviate hunger and poverty.
WE BELIEVE that by providing people throughout the world good seed and needed training to grow food we can help accomplish the following:
- Reduce hunger.
- Improve nutrition by having people grow vegetables rich in micronutrients that are otherwise missing from diets. These vitamins and minerals are essential for prenatal health, safe childbirth, child development, productivity, and long life.
- Grow livelihood. As you know if you’ve ever grown a garden, with success comes more food than you can eat. Seed recipients sell excess crops to pay for kids’ school fees, medicines, clothing, safe shelter, and other needs.
- Help people help themselves to reduce their dependency on donated food.
- Provide skills that can be useful for a lifetime. This is especially true when children are taught to grow food.
ADVANTAGES of our approach:
- We are careful to not undermine local commerce. In many remote areas of the world, vegetable seed distribution systems simply do not exist. Often vegetable seed available to the very poor is of marginal or poor quality. When local seed does exist, we work with partners over time to connect local populations to local seed suppliers.
- Seed programs are a cost effective way to help in maximizing use of limited funds available to help those isolated by poverty – costly shipment of bulk food is reduced and those receiving seed perform the work necessary to produce food.
- We don’t send expensive staff and trainers to live or teach thousands of miles away from our headquarters. Instead, we believe in the power of local leadership and provide seeds and expertise as means to foster that leadership.
- Seed programs are widely adapted and can help people of all ages in communities large and small in tropical, temperate, as well as cool climates.
- Seed programs can help poor people long term. Once skills are learned they can be used for a lifetime.