“Every day we see the changes in our lives made possible by Seeds for a Future.”
The Seeds for a Future Program has been working to change the lives of rural Guatemalans since 2009.
Based on education and self-reliance, the Program is instrumental for increasing the health and well-being of its participants while also increasing their economic opportunities.
The Program has also provided university students an opportunity to be embedded in the Program to augment their educations in Agriculture, Health Sciences, and Social Services.
The integration of Seeds for a Future into rural communities is unique, providing a rare opportunity for both learning and teaching.
Below are a few testimonials from participants relating how Seeds for a Future has made a difference in their lives:
“I’m very grateful for everything they have taught us, especially how to make sure our babies have the nutrition they need so that they grow healthy and strong.” - Marta Esther Sauceda Menchu
“Through the family gardens, they’ve helped eliminate anemia in my child and me, and in my mother as well, thanks to their home visits and making sure the garden keeps producing every day.” - Mayra Marleny Lacán Cotti
“Seeds for the Future has been a great help to my family and me. I have a daughter who is almost two years old, and she previously suffered from anemia. Thankfully she has recovered from this illness. I have monitored her condition closely and have given her greens and vegetables to help her recover.” - Rosa Elena Tista
"On the way to my house, there is a family that has a family garden. every time I pass I see it and I like it a lot. I asked the lady how she had done it, and she told me that she was participating in the Seeds for the Future Program. I spoke with my parents to get permission, and right now I am implementing my garden and learning to experiment and produce nutritious food for my family and me." - Fredy Daniel Rosales Zapeta, 9 years old
University Faculty Discuss Their Experience with the Seeds for a Future Program:
Agricultural Engineer Nicolás Barrios -
“Being part of an organization such as Seeds for a Future which features the concepts of Livestock and Agricultural Extension, and Family Agriculture in its programs, the students learn how to relate to the families. They learn that in the work they will later do as professionals, they must first understand the people’s problems and later, present the necessary options and steps to solve those problems and bring well-being to the community.
Furthermore, Seeds for a Future —where the basics of Agricultural Extension are well known—also gives students the opportunity to put to work what they have learned in their course work, such as Soil Fertility, Soil Conservation, Composting and Organic Fertilizer, as well as horticulture and fruticulture, and to have experience in how to undertake the work they will perform in the field.
What is very important, is that the students learn in a most direct way, as shown by the work of Seeds for a Future, that their work must be performed in an integrated manner, and cognizant of the local environment.”
Industrial Engineer Silvia Guzmán -
“Knowing the work Seeds for a Future undertakes regarding food security is important in order to have students develop a series of alternatives. For the University, it is important to know first-hand the community’s food culture; this has led the University to have a better concept of the best alternatives to employ using the greens, and to offer better knowledge of the nutrients they contain (in addition to the different forms of consumption). All of this can be seen in the work Seeds for a Future’s extentionists have done with the participating families.
Also, among the areas of focus in Seeds for a Future’s integrated approach is cacao cultivation. This is a highly promising crop due to the market it offers, and it is included in the concept of parcel diversification along with other crops such as lemon, ginger, rambutan, avocados, etc. that Seeds grows in their demonstration centers. This gives the Food and Nutrition faculty the option to work with more crops, to develop different nutritional options for the different communities, and as well, support Seeds for a Future’s work in rural areas.”
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