Seed Programs International

“...teach a person to fish, and he’ll eat forever”

Man with SPI SeedsThis well-known saying illustrates a principle of livelihood—a person’s means to provide their own basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, education, and dependent care. Sometimes livelihood simply means a job—a way to bring in cash to pay the bills. In the developing world, livelihood more often means self-employment, and most often means a piecemeal strategy that assembles a patchwork of resources to sustain a person or family.

Vegetable seeds give food and livelihood together. As any gardener knows, it can be hard to overcome diseases, pests, and weather to get to harvest time. However, once you do, it’s easy to end up with excess.

Even in remote, impoverished areas, we hear again and again that some vegetables are sold as soon as they are produced—even by those facing hunger and malnutrition. These sales pay for school fees, medicines, tools, and more seeds.

One shipment of SPI seeds can sow hundreds or thousands of gardens—and such large-scale efforts will give rise to even more micro-businesses. Some may start to save vegetable seeds for resale. Others will help with harvest, storage, or taking vegetables to market.

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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.