The seed multiplication programme has been using hybrid corn and peanut seeds that have been selected based on several criteria: tolerance of local growing conditions, fast maturation and high yields.
“I was amazed to see the peanut plants because they have been hybridized to be harvested by pulling, not digging, the plant. With one pull all the peanuts emerged still attached to the roots. The tubers are used in one of two ways: eaten as good source of protein or pressed for oil. Interestingly enough in this throw away society neither the leaves nor the residue form the pressing process goes to waste: both the leaves and the pressed peanuts are excellent fodder for livestock” – Glen Spurrell
Villagers plant trees to protect the environment as a result of having been trained about the importance of good stewardship.
The program has now developed a Maize seed farm, which is producing improved maize seed that is given to farmers in the region. Farmers contribute with labour and as compensation they receive improved seed.