In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have launched a program to donate a ‘SEED BOX’ to the women of each family living in the upper Tons Valley.
Our aim is to deliver a box of seeds to at least 1,000 families in the region to enable them to grow vegetables in their kitchen gardens this summer for nutrition and sell some in local markets if they have a surplus.
The income of households has been devastated from loss of livelihoods due to the COVID-19 crisis. In this period, people will forego spending money on vegetables which will lead to a fall in nutrition levels and make them more vulnerable.
If a small surplus of vegetables happens locally, people can trade or even barter among themselves, thus resulting in some small transactions in the local community economies.
The following seeds will be delivered in each ‘SEED BOX’:
For self consumption:
Pumpkins – 1 pkt (the leaves are eaten as subzi locally, great source of Vitamin C and other vitamins, and ripe pumpkins are easily stored in the winter)
Spinach – 2 pkts (great source of iron. Most women and children in the region are anemic)
For self consumption + small sale:
Cabbage – 1 pkt (easy to grow summer vegetable, and good shelf life after harvest, can be sold)
Brinjal – 1 pkt ( easy to grow, plant survives early winter and will have some surplus for sale)
Okra – 1 pkt (easy to grow, nutritious and surplus can be sold locally)
Chillies – 2 pkts (we plan to collect dried red chillies and help the women sell them)
Coriander – 2 pkts (we plan to collect dried dhania and help the women sell them)
The cost of each ‘SEED BOX’ is Rs 150.
We will be purchasing quality certified seeds from a registered seed wholesaler.
UPDATE: 1000 SEED BOXES DONATED! GOAL ACHIEVED!
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