World Bank of Seeds for Food

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World Bank of Seeds for Food

$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Contacting the public in developed countries through the media, offering the possibility to become volunteers to set up a local or a national chapter of the World Bank of Seeds for Food. problem : organization of press conferences in different countries.
About You
Seeds for Food
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Section 1: About You
First Name


Last Name

van cotthem

Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Seeds for Food

Organization Phone


Organization Address

Beeweg 36 - B9080 ZAFFELARE

Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
What makes your idea unique?

To deliver the seeds, that we normally throw in the garbage bin, directly to poor families and communities in developing countries, and assisting them in setting up and managing small family, school, and community kitchen gardens is a promising new approach to sustainable development (particularly in arid regions).

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What impact have you had?

Started as a local initiative in Belgium, the action Seeds for Food is now continuously growing into an international initiative. People appreciate the simplicity of the idea and its effectiveness in providing fresh food, full of vitamins and mineral elements, from waste material (the seeds we always throw in the garbage bin) into vegetables and fruits, in particular for the children.


Up to now we are spreading the good news through our website and with the help of magazines and radio stations (the latest was the Canadian CBC). Many people are reacting positively and are waiting for the official launching of the World Bank of Seeds for Food.


After recruiting volunteers for the national chapters seed collection campaigns will be organized. The World Bank and its chapters will identify communities suitable for kitchen garden projects. Funds will be used for national campaigns, shipment of seeds, evaluation missions etc.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year 1 : Initiatives in different countries to recruit volunteers.
Year 2 : Networking the national chapters.
Year 3 : Launching of global actions to provide a maximum of development projects with seeds.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

We do not see major obstacles.

How many people will your project serve annually?

More than 10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


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How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?


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What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Addressing the public in developed countries to inform about the action.
Creation of national and local chapters of the World Bank of Seeds for Food.
Networking the chapters.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Noticing that refugees in S.W. Algeria were living for more than 30 years in camps in the Sahara desert without having fresh vegetables or fruits to eat and knowing that seeds of melons, watermelons, pumpkins and the like would grow if we created small family gardens for them.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

The World Food Program (WFP) is delivering food baskets to these refugees. UNICEF has a vaccination program for the children in the camps. No one took the initiative to set up a project for creating family gardens to produce fresh food. If sufficient vegetables and fruits can be produced, which is the case, a part of these can be taken to the market or sold in shops to stimulate local economy and generate income.

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