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This section highlights some School Garden projects from around the world that are supported by FAO. More stories will be coming soon! If you have a good story about your School Garden, please contact us.

 Bangladesh

School Gardening: A Horticulture and Nutrition Education Tool
May 2006 (View the full report here.)

The Integrated Horticulture and Nutrition Development Project (IHNDP) implemented a School Nutrition Gardening (SNG) programme in 30 schools covering 15 districts of Bangladesh. This programme aims to educate female students aged 13 to 15 years. A total of 1 800 girls have been exposed to the SNG programme.

The size of each School Garden is approximately 52 m2. Students cultivate seasonal vegetables like black colocasia, cauliflower, green onion, Indian spinach, kangkong, red amaranth, spinach, tomato, yard long bean, and fruits like guava and papaya. The project provides seeds for the initial set-up of each garden and technical guidelines for the management of the crops.

At the end of one year, it was noted that over 75% of the students ate leafy vegetables at least every other day. The rest of the students (19% and 7%) ate vegetables more than 3 days/week and between 2-3 days/week, respectively. Fruit consumption was lower than that of vegetables, probably because fruit are less accessible. Eighty percent of the students reported that their household prepared the recipes learnt in the nutrition education sessions of the School Garden programme.

The biggest challenge facing School Gardens is the sustainability of the gardening activities, i.e. crop production once the IHNDP support is withdrawn. Technical and financial support and the participation of the community have been vital for the continued success of the SNG programme.

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Last updated: Saturday, September 30th, 2006  FAO, 2006.