Curt Bowen

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Semilla Nueva :: 2017

Semilla Nueva is a hybrid seed company that gets rural farmers to grow and sell fortified maize at a competitive price so everyone, especially children, eat more nutritious food.

Curt grew up on an organic farm in Idaho and studied rural and environmental development at Whitman College. After graduating, Curt moved to Guatemala – a place where 75% of the population lived in poverty and 50% of children were stunted or malnourished. He drove across the entire country to plant and harvest alongside farmers and find out what could be done to improve the lives of farming families. He saw that people ate mostly maize-based foods and wanted to turn these foods into a new vehicle to get critical nutrients to people. In 2011, Curt founded Semilla Nueva to end malnutrition in Guatemala. 

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