There’s an interesting little article in the spring 2011 issue of Permaculture Magazine about the Seeds For Food project. It aims to provide saved fruit and vegetable seeds to hungry people in developing nations. The idea for the project arose in Saharawi refugee camps, in South-East Algeria, where there is a desperate need for fresh food and yet limited resources to purchase seed. You are invited to save the seeds from fruit, vegetables and herbs which you already eat (simply collect, rinse and air dry them) and then post them to the following address:
Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM
B-9080 ZAFFELARE (Belgique)
They will be used to help families grow their own food. This seems to be an excellent initiative, I shall certainly be collecting and sending seeds to Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem from now on. He began the project after working as a UNICEF advisor at sub-Saharan refugee camps and learning how unaffordable fruit and vegetable seeds are to these needy people.