It was decided that the most best starting point is to support women farmers in Ukraine.
Ukraine is known as bradbasket of Europe. Its fertile black soil, a special type known for its large quantities of nutriens and superior capacity to hold water, allows for supperior cultivation in agricultural production. Yet, much of it is not being used to its full potential and provide prosperity to the people who work on it.
Ukrainian women had always been powerful driving force for any positive social change in Ukraine. They also play an outsized role in agricultural production y producin g close to 80% of the country's vegetables and fruit crops. Yet, women role is often overlooked and women food producers are not given the institutional supports or systems to efficiently plant and market their products.
Seeds of Hope initiative aims to bring hope and recognition to the Ukrainian women villagers, improve their production capabilities, bring modernized technology and educational outreach to allow for greater economic opportunities to come in.
Like any big change this initiative will start with a first small step: "Planting a Seed of Hope". This event will take place in Zhytomyr, Ukraine March 27 and 28, 2018.
Honorary Chairman of the Seeds of Hope Committee Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) will plant a seed from a tree that her great grandmother brought to US from Zhytomyr more than a 100 years ago.
Then there will be a two day seminar with the participatio of leading agrocultural specialists from Toledo OH to introduce few simple new technologies that allow production of more vegatables with less efforts. There will be a discussion on how to expend opportunities in growing, preserving, and ultimately exporting excessive yields. How to market, distribute and organize a co--op. In Zhytomyr, Zhytomyr National Agroecological University is the entity to hold the seminar and choose the participants. In Lviv, the members of the Znesinnya community whom I know very well, are to organize a co-op.
The money raised is to cover advertising and travel expenses of the participants from the rural areas in Zhytomyr, Kyiv and Lviv and also purchasing samples of so called "lettuce towers" that allow fast grow of lettuce as a sample of a easy fast grow.
This is just a first step to open a door of opportunities to empower women farmers in Ukraine to secure prosperity and democracy. Все починається з малого! (Everything starts with a first small step)!
- Kenneth Parker
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