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Executive summary

In most developing countries there are school gardens, the best examples of which are usually the result of community-led initiatives or the dedication of particular teachers.

School gardens, both urban and rural, can have several interrelated objectives, including:

Carefully designed, comprehensive national programmes and guidelines, which leave ample room for local adaptation and the full engagement of local communities, are an important basis to realize the full potential of school gardens.

At the national level, a school garden programme, to meet the above-mentioned objectives, should provide for:

At the local level, the programme should provide for:

FAO, in close collaboration with WFP, is prepared to assist governments in the preparation of school garden programmes, at national and local levels, as well as in resource mobilization. FAO may also serve as an intermediary in the development of garden based twinning arrangements between schools in developed and developing countries.

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