Seed Programs International


  • "The Seeds Have Fed and Clothed my Family"

    Receiving Seeds

    Receiving Seeds

    "I am a mother of 6 living children, I gave birth to 8 children. The oldest child is 25 and I lost him to Ebola and I lost my 5th born to malnutrition when she was just a little over the age of 1 year. I lost my first husband in the civil war and later remarried my current husband who was a widow with 4 of his own children. My current husband is physically disabled also as a result of the civil war. Together we are raising 10 children.

    I am a farmer, and I am the main bread winner for the family. I have received vegetable seeds for my small farm from the church program for women. The seeds have fed and clothed my family, I am forever grateful for the help.

  • 4-H: The Girls and Boys are Alright

    4-H Club Members with SPI Seed Packets

    4-H Club Members with SPI Seed Packets

    Hi folks,

    In the last report, we closed with a statement about the partnership program from 4-H Liberia: "This program provides a career path for young people to develop interest in feeding the nation. Access to tool banks via the partnership network is very useful. The children used to complain that their parents would refuse to let them borrow tools. Now, most of them have tools to cultivate their gardens." We recently received some photos from Umaru Sheriff, the National Executive Director for 4-H Liberia, Inc., so we thought you might like to know more about 4-H Liberia and see some of the young people participating in the program.

    4-H Liberia has Enterprise School Garden programs in six of Liberia's 15 counties: Gbarpolu, Bong, Bomi, Margibi, Montserrado, and Lofa. The goal of the program is to develop the leadership, agricultural, and life skills of 4-H Club members and improve the socioeconomic conditions of members and their families. They accomplish this through inspiration, eduction, and agricultural work integration — keeping an eye out for future farmers, providing equipment, and using the school garden as a learning laboratory. The garden also helps connect the school and community: "The garden is a bridge that links the gap between community members and school authorities, promoting interaction between the school and the community." Similar to SPI programs, 4-H has designed their programs around each community's context to ensure adoption and circulation.

    With about 3,000 members, just under half are girls and young women ages 8 - 25 years old. 4-H has made gender education and equity a priority in its programs, which is just one of the reasons we love what they're doing! Speaking about gender education in their programs, they share, "One of the objectives of the 4-H Program is to develop leaders. Liberia, like other African countries, is a male dominant society. In the process of developing leaders, females need to be included without being restricted to certain jobs." Their first two objectives are: For boys to see girls as partners in development; and to erase the notion that there are specific jobs for girls and others for boys. By prioritizing gender education, they are teaching both girls and boys to understand leadership and serve side by side in leadership positions.

    What's next for 4-H? At the last stakeholder meeting for the Liberia SPI Partnership Netowork, 4-H Project Officer Ted Williams shared, "4-H Liberia has a vision to establish a seed bank in Liberia. This will help farmers to receive local and viable seeds on time. This could be done by empowering farmers with seeds and when the seeds are collected from the farmers, it will go directly to those that are in need." 4-H and the other Partnership Network members are looking toward the future — toward resilience and self-sufficiency. We're proud to support them along the way.

    The photos in this update are from 4-H in Bomi County, Liberia. You can read more about their program at the 4-H website, and you can see a seed germination testing video that was produced as part of their work with SPI on SPI's YouTube channel.

    Thank you, again, for your support of this project.

    Younger 4-H Club Members with SPI Seed Packets

    Younger 4-H Club Members with SPI Seed Packets

    The season is underway!

    The season is underway!
  • A thank you letter from Liberia

    The fields

    The fields

    With the recent news of the Ebola vaccine, there seems to be hope for prevention of outbreak in the future. While the disease seems to be contained for the time being, the survivors of the Ebola outbreak are hard at work to get their lives back to normal. 

    For this update report we would like to share a letter from one of our partners in Liberia:

    Dear Seed Programs,

    I am very grateful and appreciative on behalf of the G-CAP Family for the seeds that you have raised for us. Words are inadequate to tell you how thankful we are to you.

  • An Expanding Partnership & Peeking Around the Corner

    Francis Transplanting Cabbage

    Francis Transplanting Cabbage

    Hello, project supporters!

    We’d like to share some news about the future of this project, but first we’d like to introduce you to Francis, our on-the-ground coordinator for the SPI Liberia Partnership Network. We initially contracted with Francis earlier this year to help with data collection. Since then, he’s established himself as an essential coordinator for SPI and our partners in Liberia. Not only has Francis taken the lead in coordinating with SPI, he’s started his own CBO whose mission focuses on agriculture and education. Francis writes:

    “I am a student of agriculture with a strong passion to engage youth and women in agribusiness that improves nutrition and strengthens livelihoods through garden activity in my community. I also have keen interest in the development and well-being of children. From this background, I thought it wise to formulate a Community Based Organization (CBO) named Network Innovation for Children's Endeavor (NICE) Liberia, which will subsequently be transformed into a Non Governmental Organization that provides humanitarian services across Liberia. Mainly, it will focus on agriculture to empower women and youth, and education for children that promotes their holistic development.

    Through my network with Naima from SPI, I received some agriculture donations to enable my garden work with fellow community dwellers. With this support from SPI, I mobilized a group of ten youth — three women and seven men who are college, junior and senior high school students — to cultivate vegetables. Vegetable sales will provide a means of financial empowerment to enable each person to purchase school supplies for the next academic year.”

    We’re currently in discussion with Francis about the future of NICE and what role SPI might have in supporting the organization. We’ll tell you more as this partnership develops!

    Rounding the Corner

    After working alongside our partners for more than a year, it’s time to round a corner. Working with Francis had made it clear that our partners’ focus has shifted from rebuilding to thriving. Like Francis, many of our partners have expanded their original capacity to include providing support to surrounding communities in addition to their own.

    We’ve been asking partners to assess how SPI might best support their communities’ development, or if the support is even needed at all. We’re working with Francis and our partners to answer that question, and once that direction is determined, we’ll update this project to reflect the new direction that our partners have asked us to follow.

    Thank you for your continued support throughout this project. We’re really happy with the direction that this project has taken and hope you’ll continue to support these communities in their new endeavors!

    Francis with an SPI Partner

    Francis with an SPI Partner

    Women with NICE Liberia

    Women with NICE Liberia

    Francis and Men with NICE Liberia

    Francis and Men with NICE Liberia
  • Community-Based Efforts to Fight Ebola in Liberia

    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.



  • Extension Training

    Bong County Women

    Bong County Women's Empowerment Program

    They say "teach a man to fish feed him for a lifetime" , in this case it's teach a woman how to grow food feed her and her family for a lifetime.

    Research has shown that when women have better access to resources like training, they tend to invest more in the nutrition, education, and health of their family, causing a ripple effect of benefits that can extend to the entire community.

    Although women farmers produce more than half of the food grown in the world, they are often not able to benefit from available resources because of institutional and cultural barriers they face. According to the UN statics, worldwide, women receive only about 5 percent of agriculture extension services and own about 2 percent of land worldwide. 

    While women play important and ever-increasing roles in rural economies throughout Africa, unfortunately, most agricultural extension services are directed at programs for men.

  • Grow Liberia: 4-H School Gardens

    Second place winners at the agricultural fair

    Second place winners at the agricultural fair

    Hi folks,

    4-H Liberia is a long-term SPI partner who has been accomplishing good work with students through school gardens for years. Their school-based clubs have reached over 4,000 young people over six counties, serving students between the ages of 13 and 25. 4-H Liberia’s garden programs empower young people to become self-sufficient citizens by developing their potential in premier leadership, agricultural sustainability, and essential life skills.

    Each school club maintains their own garden, which serves as a platform for learning agriculture. These school gardens are a way to:

    • Equip students to become competent and self-sufficient in food production
    • Scout out future farmers
    • Inspire students to become productive citizens
    • Enhance students’ potential in premier leadership

    As part of their support for youth development, 4-H Liberia has integrated a commitment to gender equity into their programs — almost half of their members are young women, many of whom are in leadership positions alongside their male peers. Their staff and students understand better than anybody that the empowerment of women and girls in Liberia is not where it should be in this day and age. They see it in their homes and communities, much like many other places around the world. 4-H Liberia Executive Director Umaru Sheriff repeatedly shares his mantra with his staff and students, “when you enable a girl or a woman to be in charge of her future and livelihood, you become part of the change and development of communities, and it makes waves of positive changes that raise everyone, including boys and men.” This is only one of the reasons we’re proud to be in partnership with 4-H Liberia!

  • Growing from Recovery to Resilience

    October 2017 Stakeholder Meeting Participants
    October 2017 Stakeholder Meeting Participants

    Hi folks,

    So much has happened since the last report! As we shared earlier, our focus, as directed by our partners, has shifted toward facilitating an exit strategy that relies upon the collective strengths of our partners and their network. As their strategies have become more sophisticated and their capacity has expanded, we've asked them to help us understand where the network is headed next.

    Third Stakeholder Meeting

    Late in October, the partnership network organized a stakeholder meeting in Breweville City, Montserrado County, Liberia. During the meeting, they developed an action plan based on their pool of peer resources — the skills, tools, and supplies available to them. We’re working closely with our ground coordinator, Francis Bendoe, and our partners to ensure that everyone is represented in the plan and that there is support as the network becomes more self-sufficient.

    24 participants attended the meeting to represent their organizations, including:

    • Church Aid Liberia
    • Green Cost Agriculture Program (GCAP)
    • Jacob F. Tomei Enterprise Center (JFTEC)
    • Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society
    • 4-H Liberia
    • Restoration of Education Advancement Programs (REAP)
    • Network Innovation for Children’s Endeavor (NICE)
    • Food Bank Liberia
    • Restoring Our Children’s Hope
    • Other local and community-based organizations
    • Journalists, local farmers, and religious leaders

    Related themes that partners reported emerging from the meeting included:

    • Seed is life.
    • Seed is wealth.
    • Invest seed into the soil for development. (This is a focus on seed as a resource for long-term nutrition and economic development in addition to food production for immediate consumption.)
    • Sow seed today for a better tomorrow.

    We're also excited to report that 75,000 packets of SPI seed arrived in Liberia in time for this gathering. For this, our gratitude goes out to you for your support of this project, and to GlobalGiving for their generous support of this Ebola recovery project. This seed was highly anticipated, and was distributed among the partners according to the partnership plan that was created at an earlier meeting. Here's what some of our partners had to say:

    Let our goal be to reach to the unreachable with SPI seeds that are helping us to fight diseases, hunger, and poverty in Liberia, which are our greatest enemies.  — Bishop Kortu K. Brown of Church Aid Liberia

    Because of the support from SPI seeds, more vegetables were available in Bentol City market. This encouraged growers to eat more vegetables, which improved their nutrition, and livelihoods improved from income they earned. I’m very glad to receive SPI seeds and I pledge my commitment to ensure that these seeds will reach the people who will benefit most. I encourage close collaboration among us SPI Liberia Network Partners to support each other in our areas of expertise.  — Mayor Christine Tolbert Norman of Restoring of REAP

    From Recovery to Resilience

    Besides seed distribution and discussion about different aspects of self-sufficiency, Church Aid Liberia conducted a training on entrepreneurial skills for farmers. Farmers learned how to plant a commercial garden, including methods for estimating what income they can expect from the harvest.

    Asked to assess the benefit of the partnership program, 4-H Liberia shared: this program provides a career path for young people to develop interest in feeding the nation. Access to tool banks via the partnership network is very useful. The children used to complain that their parents would refuse to let them borrow tools. Now, most of them have tools to cultivate their gardens.

    These trainings, themes, and participant statements are all indications that our partners have grown from recovery toward self-sufficiency and resilience. Our SPI team could not provide support for our partners without your support. We’re humbled and grateful for your support and the work of our partners.

    Thank you.

    Miatta giving remarks (Church Aid Liberia)

    Miatta giving remarks (Church Aid Liberia)

    Mayor Christine giving remarks (REAP)

    Mayor Christine giving remarks (REAP)

    Jacob collects his SPI seed packets (JFTEC)

    Jacob collects his SPI seed packets (JFTEC)
  • In Closing: Out of Crisis, Forward with Strength


    With your generous support, SPI's Liberian partners positioned their powerful gardening programs as a tool to move beyond Ebola. Now they, and we, look ahead at new ways to use the gains of strong local leadership, vibrant networks, and capable families that were developed in response to the crisis. 

    One great example is an upcoming National Agricultural Camp and Agricultural Fair to be held this July by 4H Liberia. 

    Our partner Umaru, 4H Director, explains it this way:

    "The theme for this year is Grow Liberia- Promote Youth in Agriculture and the objectives are:

    • Help young people see agriculture as a profitable business and viable livelihood by removing the stereotype that agriculture is a poor person’s job.
    • Train young men and women in improved agricultural science and techniques that they will use to impact other youth, parents, and community leaders
    • Allow students to share ideas through communication and leadership training.

    The participating schools are from Bong, Lofa, Montserrado, Bomi, Gbarpolu, and Margibi counties. A total of 126 participants will be invited to the camp, including 100 youth ranging in age from 15-22 years, and 26 adults.  75% of the crops that will be showcased at the agriculture fair are seeds from the SPI and seeds for garden practices at the camp will be SPI seeds. Thank you for your support to 4-H Liberia."

    What a wonderful example of how your donations not only fed families when no other options were available, but also give ongoing hope for a more resilient future led by a new generation. Thank you!

    Going forward, we'll keep working in Liberia to sustain our partner network. Our vision is to have capable trainers in the form of leader farmers embedded in each community, while key organizations continue to provide specialized knowledge and tools for vegetable growing. Our further vision is that Liberia continue to move toward seed self-sufficiency so that SPI seed does not have to be sent across the ocean. This is easier to achieve for staple crops like maize and beans than it is for vegetables. Yet it is possible with a combination of seed saving and continued development of local and regional seed enterprises.

    Watch for a new Liberia project here at GlobalGiving in the future. Until then, I hope you'll stay in touch. Contact me any time if you want to know more about what SPI and our partners are up to in Liberia and beyond. 

    carrying vegetables

    Faces of Liberia's Future

    Faces of Liberia's Future
  • Much needed training.



    Over 60 percent of Liberia’s agricultural producers are women; yet, men still tend to receive more and better training, and women’s training is often inappropriate.

    Through the partnership of Seed Programs International and Church Aid Liberia a lot has changed at the village level and in the lives of the Women’s Empowerment Program recipients. The bottom-up approach has empowered the women. They are actively involved in various aspects of program management such as conducting meetings, collectively selecting training topics and presenting groups needs to Church Aid Liberia staff.

    Church Aid Liberia women’s group training provides a structure that enables women to share training information. Equipping women with the skills to improve production and manage change and support each other. We believe access to information and training are the most powerful tools for women’s empowerment. We provide a community based solution that gives women access to knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to seek out economic opportunities paths out of poverty to self-reliance.

    Church Aid Liberia’s Women’s Empowerment programs incorporates agricultural training with Business management training, to help women take advantage of new agricultural opportunities, and to manage and market their vegetable production more effectively.

  • Proper nutrition is powerful!

    group of kids Large

    In September of 2015, the women’s program in Liberia hosted an agriculture and nutrition learning and recipe exchange event entitled Proper Nutrition is Powerful. This two-day event hosted 35 women and provided workshops on the Food pyramid, cooking lessons, recipe exchange and sharing sessions, and most important of all child nutrition. The program-driven group workshops focused on strengthening, and aligning traditional food and cooking methods with vegetable varieties grown with SPI seeds. By engaging a mix group of older women and young mothers the event offered opportunities for knowledge exchange, sharing of cooking styles, and learning how to select and cook ingredients that will improve nutritional intake.

    SPI Liberia partner reported that the women in attendance all mothers, who all understood and agreed that children who are well nourished, are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn. As we all know, malnutrition is devastating. It blunts intellect, saps productivity, and perpetuates poverty for any family and society it touches. On a recent Skype call with SPI staff Ms. Miatta Sirleaf, lead trainer for the women’s program said “This year awareness of nutrition issues, particularly stunting in children, has increased, because of advocacy and access to resources made available through SPI’s support.”

    Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Liberia women’s program is expanding their reach and teaching some very essential and important skills so women can go beyond surviving to thriving.

    Thank you!

  • Report 2

    Ebola orphans - VOA#1 community

    Ebola orphans - VOA#1 community

    Thank you so much for your gifts. This is our second report:

    The shipment of 50,000 packets of seeds made possible by your support left East Rochester, New York to hopefully be picked up and moving from JFK today. 

    The seed selection includes cabbage, collard, cucumber, eggplant, okra, hot pepper and bell pepper. This represents a variety of foods that can be readily grown by households and fit well into the local diet, and are sellable at market to bring needed extra income. Our partners in Liberia have strong agricultural training and will select and distribute seeds accordingly.

  • So . . . Why is Ebola Still Important?

    2 Liberian Orgs. Receiving Seeds You Helped Send

    2 Liberian Orgs. Receiving Seeds You Helped Send

    I looked up Ebola on Google Trends today -- the 2015 graph of interest in this topic looks like a ski slope. This project, which you so generously supported, is about as un-trendy as possible. 

    Yet, to us, in weekly contact with people in Liberia, Ebola still, today, couldn't be more timely. I thought this email from one of our partner organizations, Church Aid Liberia, was very well-stated. The message comes from Chairman Kortu Brown, a Reverend and also interim leader of the Liberian Council of Churches, so it starts with his usual devout greeting:

    "Greetings in Jesus name! It is quite awhile now since we heard of a new Ebola case in Liberia. Much efforts have been put into fighting the virus and compelling it into submission.

    But it doesn't mean its effect - and possible resurgence - has been eradicated. It is estimated that the disease killed more than 11,000 people and affected more than 28,000 persons in the three worst affected countries i.e. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. There are more than 25,000 Ebola orphans in the three countries. Recent reports suggest the possibility of "reactivated" Ebola cases. This is scary because we initially believe that once you made it through the 21-day incubation period, you were freed.

    And many survivors live in trauma - and anxiety. Their physical and spiritual health are challenged. They are further challenged by the lack of basic sustenance."

  • SPI Liberia Partnership Network: Building It Out

    Lofa County Group Training

    Lofa County Group Training

    Capacity building, community outreach, support from agricultural experts, and the establishment of information and skill sharing systems are all key components for SPI’s Ebola recovery project. At May’s stakeholder meeting, hosted by Mayor Christine Norman and REAP Liberia, self-formed and self-run groups forged a partnership to build out their own farming programs by sharing resources and skills.

    “There is a need that we establish a strong network with one common goal and objective.” — Mr. Tamba - Program Director

  • Stakeholder Meeting



    One of our favorite days to celebrate at SPI is International Women’s Day. This day is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a time to renew focus on improving the status of women worldwide. This year we had the honor of celebrating International Women’s Day with Mayor Christine Norman of Bentol Liberia, and founder of REAP, one of our Liberia partners. While in the US visiting family, Mayor Norman took time out of her schedule to participate in a panel discussion that also included local Asheville women in leadership. The focus of the discussion was women’s empowerment and food security. The discussion was very informative and educational especially for our local SPI supporters.

  • Surviving Ebola: What's food got to do with it?

    Women During Harvest

    Women During Harvest

    Surviving Ebola means more than only surviving the disease. An estimated 8,000 children have lost one or both parents to Ebola in Liberia alone. Ebola widows and orphans face isolation and stigmatization, all while struggling with the psychological trauma of losing countless family members, friends, and neighbors in a short period. Women and girls are left vulnerable after losing their parents or partners to Ebola, and are especially susceptible to exploitation and violence. Psychosocial support and intervention are integral for the recovery and continued survival of Ebola widows and orphans.

  • The "Work" of Network

    Planting in Liberia

    Planting in Liberia

    Seed is not a hand-out, and vegetables don’t appear by magic. The journey from seed to harvest — soil preparation, sowing, weeding, picking, and transportation — requires a significant investment from farmers. That’s a lot of time, sweat, and energy.

    Just as seed is not a hand-out, the support SPI provides to our partners is not a hand-out; it’s an investment. With your help, we invest in leaders on the ground who put their communities first, cultivate mutually beneficial relationships, and put resources in the hands of those who need them most (often the same people that can do the most with them). In other words, they do the hard work of building resiliency.

  • The seeds have arrived!

    Liberian orphans

    Liberian orphans

    We give our deep thanks for your generous support of the Liberia project. Although progress has persisted for six months in a very "slow but steady" fashion, the recent GlobalGiving 100% match has helped to finally allows us to jump in with both feet. It’s been one year since we first heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and you may not be seeing or hearing about it so much in the media these days. The outbreak left the already struggling population crippled with food shortages, price spikes, and faced with missed planting and harvesting seasons. With the recent shipment of 50,000 packets of seeds successfully delivered to Liberia, we are working with our in-country partner, Church Aid Liberia, in monitoring distribution and planting of the seeds.

  • Tools and Skills

    Men with gardening tools

    Improving nutrition in a sustainable way requires having good seeds, access to training and information, and appropriate tools. Many people have the energy, ambition and are ready for the work but they do not have the resources to get started. Having access to right garden tools and supplies makes a community’s goal of nutrition improvement easily achievable, especially for SPI’s seed recipients.

    Appropriate tools and equipment contribute to the broad objective of increasing the viability of the small farms and gardens supported by our partner organizations. Most smaller groups and individual seed recipients in Liberia use traditional technologies that are inefficient. Although power tools and more modern tools can be found in Liberia, most recipients and our partner organizations do not have the resources to cover the cost of these types of equipment. It is, therefore, our goal to help fill this gap with good quality tools and equipment that are affordable and suited to the scale of operations of the small farmers and gardeners.

    in May 2017 11 tools banks with little or no tools at all were fully stocked with tools for SPI seed recipients across five counties in Liberia. With their new tool banks, our Liberia partners are preparing themselves to train seed recipients how to operate their new tool banks in an inclusive and efficient manner, and create a self-supporting system of sharing tools and other resources.

    SPI provided the tools with support from you and from GlobalGiving and paid the cost of transport to our distribution point, which was the office of one of our partners in Liberia.

    The tools funded by SPI are selected specifically with the environment and local culture in mind. These tools are:

    a) adapted to allow efficient and speedy work with the minimum of fatigue

    b) of simple design, so that they can be made locally;

    c) light in weight, for easy transportation

    d) ready for immediate use without loss of time for preparatory adjustments;

    f) made of easily available materials.

    Across Liberia, it’s mostly small kitchen gardens and small-scale farmers who put food on a villager’s table. It is because of the hard work of these gardeners and farmers that we have accomplished our goals. We support sustainable options for our partners, instead of pushing them into the endless cycle of buying bad seeds and chemical fertilizers and pesticides that only damage their most precious resource, their land.

    When working with our in-country partners, we look at a variety of resource areas, including access to seeds,  tools, and training to determine the gaps and how to invest SPI resources to sustainably contribute to the rebuilding of communities who have survived disease and war many times over.

    We are proud of our Liberia partners who are working tirelessly to make a difference in the communities they serve. Despite a variety of difficulties, they have been able to obtain and share valuable horticultural and life skills that have become life-saving for many who rely on them.

    Thank you for supporting our work, and thank you to GlobalGiving for your partnership!

    Unloading truck


  • Working Women

    Women Working in the School Garden

    Women Working in the School Garden

    A typical woman in Liberia has a lot of work on her plate in addition to the work of managing her household. And to be clear, this is work, often unpaid and unacknowledged — gathering firewood, fetching water, cooking, hand washing clothes, and taking care of family members. Household work can be a huge burden that limits a woman’s ability to take on paid employment or broaden her skills through training and education.

    In Liberia, much like many other developing countries around the world, large gender gaps impair women's ability to provide for themselves and their families. Even though the number of hungry people has declined worldwide in the last decade, it remains unacceptably high in places like Liberia. REAP is working hard to change the narrative for Bentol City.

    “Women frequently achieve lower productivity than male farmers because they do not have access to the same resources. From the beginning, our goal has been to identify locally available interventions that will improve and increase the productivity of all our program participants.” — REAP founder Christine Norman

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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.