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School Gardens are powerful tools for improving
child nutrition and education. They have the potential to improve
food security and human nutrition at the household level through
replication in the home.
FAO encourages schools to create
moderate-sized learning gardens, producing a variety of fruit and
vegetables using simple techniques. This is so that teachers and
parents can easily manage the garden and students can apply gardening
techniques in their home.
School Gardens, both urban and rural, have many
benefits, such as:
Increasing the relevance and quality of education for rural and
urban children, through the integrated teaching of practical and
academic subjects. This promotes active learning.
Providing children with hands-on experience in
food production, ecology and natural resource management and increasing
children's knowledge of nutrition.
Improving household nutrition and food security
in the home, benefiting the whole family by replicating School Garden
techniques at home, i.e. in the household gardens or family farms.
Improving the nutritional value of school meals
by supplementing them with food rich in micronutrients, fresh from
the School Garden.
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