The Inter-American Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency created by Congress in 1969 to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. IAF provides grant support for the most creative ideas for self-help received from grassroots groups and nongovernmental organizations. Over the course of three years, Semilla Nueva will be working with the Inter-American Foundation to expand our work to an additional 15 communities along the Southern Coast of Guatemala.
Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization with more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. With the motto “Service Above Self,” Rotary members volunteer on projects across the globe to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. Rotary groups from Idaho, Colorado, and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala have partnered with Semilla Nueva since 2013, supporting us to expand into 25 communities with agricultural trainings and our Food Security and Nutrition Program.
The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems. Semilla Nueva will be partnering with CFH to research and develop a locally-led agricultural extension model to be institutionalized and sustained by local actors in the long term.
HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), which helps realize the potential of agricultural development to deliver gender-equitable health and nutritional benefits to the poor. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Semilla Nueva will be collaborating with HarvestPlus on their effort to coordinate a biofortification effort in Guatemala to reduce malnutrition. Semilla Nueva is running a pilot project that focuses on continuing work with Quality Protein Maize and high iron beans and starting bioforticiation of rice, sweet potato, potato and yucca.
New Lifeline supports vulnerable individuals through programs focusing on social wellbeing, health, and education. The organization supports projects in Guatemala ranging from reading programs to repairing cleft palates, child feeding programs and employment and training. They are partnering with Semilla Nueva to combat chronic malnutrition by supporting our projects in social marketing, research in biofortified crop improvement and more, allowing us to expand our reach to thousands of rural families across Guatemala.
The Swinmurn Family Foundation is a private foundation partnering with Semilla Nueva to expand our programs with biofortified crops throughout Guatemala. The Swinmurn Family Foundation funds our work with farmer training, social marketing, development of new seeds, and provides general operational support, ensuring that Semilla Nueva’s programs continue to grow and reach thousands of new families.
The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is a not-for-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrition for the benefit of the human family. As a global organization, IPNI has initiatives addressing the world’s growing need for food, fuel, fiber, and feed. There is widespread concern for issues such as food security and the relationship of crop production to the environment and ecosystems. IPNI programs are achieving positive results in many areas.
CIMMYT maintains one of the world’s largest and most diverse maize and wheat seed collections and is best known for work leading to the Green Revolution—the widespread adoption of improved crop varieties and farming practices that saved millions of lives across Asia and for which CIMMYT’s Dr. Norman Borlaug was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium and receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks, and other public and private agencies.
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid or dryland tropics has over 2 billion people, and 644 million of these are the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture.
Miracles in Action was founded in December 2004 as a response to the extreme poverty witnessed by their founders, Penny and Noreen Rambacher. Since that time, they have grown into a wide network of volunteers and supporters who further their mission of helping poor families to help themselves through education, vocation and sustainable development projects.
In the Oklahoma State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, the mission is to find the best ways to meet global demands for food, feed, fiber, and fuel while preserving and enhancing our soil and water resources. They have a great family of faculty, staff, and students who take pride in a commitment to cause positive change in the world! From the classroom to the field, they are working to develop systems that provide society’s most basic needs in a sustainable way.
The Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture is a state institution that contributes to integrated rural development in the country, promotes legal certainty, the transformation and modernization of agriculture, development of productive capacities, organizational and commercial producers to achieve sovereignty, food security and competitiveness with clear rules and regulations for handling products domestically and internationally under the principles of transparency, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, multiculturalism and interculturalism.
The Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology is responsible for generating and promoting the use of science and technology in the agricultural sector. They engage in investigations to find rational solutions to problems leading to the social good. They produce materials and methods for improving agricultural productivity, promoting the utilization of technology by farmers and promoting regional rural development.
The Trinity Episcopal Church’s mission is “to care for one another and stranger alike,” through compassion, generosity, openness, and prayer. Semilla Nueva has been partnering with the Trinity Episcopal Church since 2012 working on a variety of projects ranging from nutrition programs to researching high impact sustainable technologies. This year, the Trinity Episcopal Church enabled us to purchase 800 pounds a highly nutritious corn seed called Quality Protein Maize. This seed will allow us to conduct 10 tests with our farmers in their fields, additional tests at our experimental farm, share with the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture.