Seeds of tropical fruits for development projects (Bob CALDWELL)

I felt really happy receiving some papaya seeds from Mr. R.W. “Bob” CALDWELL :

Papaya seeds from the USA
Papaya seeds from Florida, USA

Since 2006, I am collecting seeds of tropical fruits in order to send these to development projects in the drylands, where rural people can’t afford to buy commercial seeds (too expensive).  All over the world, seeds of melon, watermelon, cucumber, pumpkin, papaya, cherimoya, lychee, avocado, etc. are thrown into the garbage bin or on the compost heap.  However, these seeds can easily be washed and dried.  People sending these seeds to my personal address (Prof. Willem VAN COTTHEM – Beeweg 36 – B9080 ZAFFELARE (Belgium) can be sure that these seeds are sent to different development projects in Africa, Asia and S. America, where people can grow these tropical fruits in their own small family garden.  Thus, we are contributing to food production in the drylands and we help these poor people to some juicy fruits, rich in vitamins, in particular for their children.

Sincere thanks to Mr. Bob CALDWELL  for his small but valuable contribution.  let me express the hope that many more people will follow his example.  See my blog “http://www.seedsforfood.org

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.