Hello friends far and wide! Happy summer and planting season. I hope this finds you well. Some of you may know that I am the Board President for an amazing organization, Global Seed Savers. Our small, but impactful organization supports smallholder farmers in the Philippines. Through our programs, we provide trainings and education to these farmers on seed saving, crop diversity, permaculture design principle, and environmentally-friendly organic farming practices. We are empowering our farmers to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, while implementing better organic farming and seed practices in our world where climate change is progressing at a fast rate. Together we can make little changes to create a bigger impact. At Global Seed Savers, over 70% of the farmers we work with are women and all of our senior leadership roles are held by women. Smallholder farmers are the most important people in the world’s food system but are also the ones with the least power compared to the large companies that monopolize agriculture systems. That’s why we work directly with them to empower and provide them with the tools them need to achieve seed and food sovereignty!
And if you are still asking.. So what's this got to do with me?..Here are some more perspectives
The Philippines is the fourth most climate-vulnerable nation. As residents of a nation are impacted by climate challenges, their is motivation to emigrate. I like to think that the work that Global Seed Savers is doing contributes to an environmental movement that will allow for population stability.
And more.. The Philippines is Southeast Asia’s largest producer of GMO crops with 70% of the country dedicated to agricultural land. They are #37 in the percentage of exported agricultural products to the US. Filipinos not only serve in every call center you have ever utilized but they are gowing much of what's in out grocery stores. Because of this, we believe the work and models being developed in the Philippines are of the utmost importance. The ability to impact the agricultural system and relinquish smallholder farmers’ dependence on large bio-chemical agricultural companies and helping farmers to prevent further catastrophic damage from our changing climate is paramount. I hope you will join me in making a donation to this important work.
Most Sincerely, Carrie Evans*