Seeds of Hope
Before the Civil War, the Salvadoran government offered agricultural credits to peasant farmers to buy seeds. In the early 1990’s as the Civil War ended and El Salvador shifted to a neo-liberal economic model, the government decided to stop supporting agriculture and instead support a model of development focused on maquilas. As part of this change, they stopped giving credits to small farmers.
The Seeds of Hope Campaign was launched by SHARE in 1990 and again in 2008 with the objective of working with those small subsistence farms to obtain food security amidst an economic system where often times the poor could not even afford basic grains. Seeds of Hope trained small farmers in organic agriculture methods and gave monetary credit to those farmers to invest in organic seeds.
The campaign made food more accessible and less expensive.