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Through Montenegro Seed Project 2020 we distributed seeds to 68 families in rural areas to help them increase the food supply for their households and needy families in their communities.

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66.7% approved applications out of 102 we received

Open call for applications was posted on the website of our local NGO partner, Regional Development Agency for Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije. Families engaged in rural tourism were encouraged to apply. We received 102 applications, out of which 68 were approved, according to the selection criteria.

We received funding from the Spirit of America that also raised funds for the project through their website, calling upon the American citizens to pledge their support to Montenegrin communities. The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica partnered with us in promotional activities and participated in planting seeds with one of the beneficiaries of the project.

Here is what the US Ambassador to Montenegro, Ms. Judy Rising Reinke, had to say about Montenegro Seed Project.

Pogledajte video o nedavnoj posjeti ambasadorke Rajnke prelijepom selu Podbišće u mojkovačkoj opštini, tokom koje je imala priliku da vidi kako teče projekat „Distribucija sjemena #CrnaGora“. Ovaj projekat finansira američka neprofitna organizacija „Spirit of America“, a sprovode lokalne nevladine prganizacije „Regionalna razvojna agencija za Bjelasicu, Komove i Prokletije“ i „Paradigma“. Projektom je obezbijeđeno 30 vrsta sjemena koja su kupljena lokalno za 68 domaćinstava, koja se bave ruralnim turizmom. Sadni materijal uključuje:🥔 6 000 kg sadnog krompira🧅 1 400 kg sadnica luka🌽 670 kg žitarica🌶 24 000 sadnica paprike🥦🥬🥒 i više od 50 000 sadnica drugog povrća. U Podbišću nas je ugostila divna porodica Tomović 👏 koja je jedna od korisnica projekta, dok se #SviZajedno oporavljamo od krize #COVID19. Ovako izgleda partnerstvo Sjedinjenih Država i Crne Gore. #FriendPartnerAlly #USPartnerMNE #SOACovid19Response🇺🇸🇲🇪🇺🇸🇲🇪🇺🇸🇲🇪*** Check out this video about Ambassador Reinke’s recent visit to Podbišće, a beautiful village in the #Mojkovac municipality to see our #Montenegro Seed Project in action! This project, funded by @spiritamerica and implemented by local partners Regional Development Agency (RDA) for Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije and the NGO Paradigma @meanderbug, has provided 68 households involved in rural tourism with almost 30 types of locally-sourced seeds, including:🥔 6,000 kg of potato slips🧅 1,400 kg of onion sets🌽 670 kg of grains🌶 24,000 pepper seedlings🥦🥬🥒 and more than 50,000 other vegetable seeds. In Podbišće, we were hosted by the wonderful Tomović family, who are one of the families who have benefited from the project, as we #AllTogether rebound from the #COVID19 crisis.This what the 🇺🇸 U.S.- 🇲🇪Montenegrin partnership looks like. #FriendPartnerAlly #USPartnerMNE #SOACovid19Response

Posted by U.S. Embassy Podgorica on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Spirit of America has worked with the U.S. Embassy and several local partners, including the Regional Development Agency and Paradigma NGO, to help rural farmers get seeds, grow more food and share their produce with their neighbors.

Ms. Judy Rising Reinke, the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro

In September our team visited the Jokic Family high up at Cakor Katun along with the US Ambassador and the Regional Development Agency team. As of this time, we are pleased to report that almost 3 tons of food have been delivered to others in the community based on initial reports of one-third of project participants.

Nadovezujući se na uspjeh našeg projekta #SOACovid19Response Dodjele sadnog materijala , Sjedinjene Države nastavljaju…

Posted by U.S. Embassy Podgorica on Saturday, October 3, 2020