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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?



Cooperation between UN Agencies increases the outreach and effectiveness of School Garden programmes. The modalities of cooperation between UN Agencies are usually agreed at the country level and facilitated by the UN Development Action Framework (UNDAF). However some general agreements or frameworks exist for inter-agency cooperation, some of them are described below:

 World Food Programme (WFP)

Since mid-2002 a partnership was forged by WFP and FAO to link School Gardens with school feeding. The aim of the partnership is to facilitate, improve and expand School Garden initiatives within school feeding programmes. The partnership also aims to increase capacities of children, teachers, local communities and parents-teacher associations, to contribute to agricultural and nutrition education as part of a comprehensive approach to health, nutrition and education.
FAO photo/G. Bizzarri
A volunteer washing up bowls donated by WFP, which also provides maize flour and dried peas.

WFP provides technical experience in community mobilization and support to Parents Teachers Associations through the implementation of school feeding programmes. Whenever possible, WFP also provides tools and other inputs for school kitchens and School Gardens, and seeks strategic partners to establish and/or improve water access to schools.

 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)

FAO and UNICEF jointly promote School Gardens and provide nutritional care and support for HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.

 World Health Organization (WHO)

The Joint WHO-FAO Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Initiative was launched in 2003. WHO has developed the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health with the aim of improving public health through healthy eating and physical activity.

Through its Global school health initiative, WHO aims to increase the number of "Health-Promoting Schools" which offer a healthy setting for living, learning, working and improving the health of students, school personnel, families and other members of the community.

 Education for Rural People (ERP)

The FAO-led Education for Rural People flagship partnership was officially launched during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002) together with UNESCO.

"ERP" is a flagship that calls for a collaborative action to address rural-urban disparities by targeting the educational needs of rural people. The initiative gives technical support to countries willing to address the basic educational needs of rural people.
Last updated: Saturday, September 30th, 2006  FAO, 2006.