Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem, Ghent University, Belgium, empathized with the world hunger problem all his life. UNICEF Algerie contacted him in 2005 to advise on the project 'Family gardens and school gardens in the refugee camps of the Saharawis in S. W. Algeria'.
Planting the gardens was no problem, there was enough room, but there weren't enough seeds. Seeds are very expensive for the locals.
That's how Willem got the idea to collect the seeds here. In 2007 Seeds for Food was born.
Very soon there was a large group of collectors who couldn't eat fruit or vegetables without saving the seeds.
Development projects were enthusiastic too, the seeds of Seeds for Food were used succesfully in school and family gardens all over the world.
In 2012 Willem had to stop the project for health reasons. By then there was a huge group of enthusiasts and pretty soon a few ladies in Belgium and the Netherlands took charge of Seeds for Food, such a beautiful project couldn't go to waste.
It's a simple idea: don't throw away the seeds from fruit and vegetables that you eat, but wash and dry them and send them to one of the addresses. They will make sure the seeds find their way to development projects all over the world.
The seeds are planted in private gardens, school gardens and community gardens, giving people much needed vitamins.
They get new seeds from the fruits they harvest to expand the garden. After a while they will have more seeds than they need, those seeds will be passed on to the neighbouring villages.
Hopefully this way we can ban hunger from the world.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.