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.
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.
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.