Crisis Recovery

Seed Programs International

Earthquakes, droughts, floods, tsunamis, crop failures, wars—these are the events that capture the eyes and hearts of many and move us to respond immediately from a position of compassion and caring.

Crisis recoveryFirst-response needs are often shelter, water, sanitation, medical care, and emergency food supplies. But what happens next, after the images of the crisis fade from public view? Typically, people are still left as victims of trauma, many with damaged homes, incomes, and lives. Food supplies are short and prices spike such that people cannot afford to eat.

Early recovery is the term used to describe efforts to move from immediate disaster relief into community self-reliance. The goal is to progress not only back to “normal life” but beyond to a state of greater resiliency to any future disasters.

SPI has provided seeds for post-disaster gardening efforts in many places, such as:

  • Haiti, after the 2016 hurricane. Innovative gardening practices like bag and tire gardens help families grow food in regions where topsoil has been washed away.
  • East African countries, in response to ongoing drought and displacement. Drought-resilient gardens can provide a new livelihood for people displaced by climate change and conflict.
  • The Gambia, where gardens were combined with support for survivors of harmful practices. Gardens provide critical nutrition for recovering bodies.
  • Guatemala, in response to generational violence and displacement. Traditional gardening practices can be disrupted or lost when a generation is targeted for violence. Quality vegetable seed and skills training helps reclaim and complement those practices.

Vegetable gardens give quicker food from a local source when main-crop harvests are lost to a disaster. When other types of aid are giving only starchy foods to fill bellies, vegetables give needed micronutrients. When men are displaced or distracted by crisis, vegetable gardens may grow in importance as a food source – they are traditionally grown in small plots close to the home, easily accessible by women while completing other tasks.

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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.