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FAO's conceptual understanding of School Gardens

What does a national School Garden programme need?

How do School Gardens relate with other child and youth-centred interventions?

What assistance does FAO offer?


What assistance does FAO offer?

FAO can serve as a partner in the development of School Gardens. FAO has a wealth of technical expertise in many areas such as horticulture, nutrition, education and community-based training.

FAO can help countries to develop and implement School Garden programmes, at national and local levels. At the same time it can provide backstopping and give detailed advice drawn from past experiences.
FAO photo/Telefood Myanmar
Students planting banana plant in their school garden supported by TeleFood in Myanmar.

FAO currently supports School Gardens through TeleFood projects, through the Organization's Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) and under National Programmes for Food Security supported by the FAO Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS).

TeleFood projects have proven an efficient way to achieve fast financing for pilot projects that receive technical support from NGOs or other organizations. Successful TeleFood School Garden projects can serve as positive examples and may lead the way to larger donor contributions.

TCPs may serve to pilot comprehensive School Garden programmes, to formulate national programmes and/or to provide selected specific elements to government programmes that are already operational (filling gaps).

In Sierra Leone, School Gardens are an element of the national programme for food security. Strong focus of this programme lies on capacity building for teachers and links with the community and local Farmer's Field Schools.

For more information please see the following FAO Websites:

The Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS)
Horticultural Crops Group website
Nutrition education in schools
Education for Rural People
Last updated: Saturday, September 30th, 2006  FAO, 2006.