Setting up and running a school garden

[A manual for teachers, parents and communities]

ADEQUATE NUTRITION AND EDUCATION are key to the development of children and their future livelihoods. The reality facing millions of children, however, is that these essentials are far from being met. A country's future hinges on its youth. Yet children who go to school hungry cannot learn well.  They have decreased physical activity, diminished cognitive abilities and reduced resistance to  infections. Their school performance is often poor and they may drop out of school early. In the  long term, chronic malnutrition decreases individual potential and has adverse affects on productivity, incomes and national development. Schools can make an important contribution to countries' efforts to overcome hunger and malnutrition, and school gardens can help to improve the nutrition and education of children and their families in both rural and urban areas. FAO promotes school gardens primarily as a platform for learning, as well as a vehicle for better  nutrition. Schools are encouraged to create learning gardens that are moderate in size so that  they can be easily managed by students, teachers and parents, but that also allow for the  production of a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruits (and where possible, some small-scale  ivestock such as chickens or rabbits). Production methods are kept simple so that they can be easily replicated by students and parents at their homes. In preparing this manual, intended to assist school teachers, parents and the wider community, FAO has drawn upon experiences and best practices derived from school garden initiatives all over the world. Classroom lessons are linked with practical learning in the garden about nature and the environment, food production and marketing, food processing and preparation, and making healthy food choices.

Date and language
Dec 2005
Physical Location: 
FPMU Documentation Center
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