The World Vegetable Center: Vegetables-go-to-School. Improving nutrition by agricultural diversification

Projekt abgeschlossen

National task forces composed of national partners and local communities in six African and Asian countries, supported by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), will implement of a comprehensive school vegetable garden program to improve the nutritional status of its beneficiaries thanks to increased production and availability of vegetables and fruit. Scientific evidence that a diversified diet enriched through vegetables and fruit has a positive impact on nutrition of school children shall be generated as integral part of the program.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Landwirtschaftliche Entwicklung
Landwirtschaftliche Forschung
Primäre Gesundheitsversorgung
01.09.2012 - 31.12.2016
CHF 3'910'030

Micronutrient deficiencies or ‘hidden hunger’ affects more than two billion people worldwide, many of them are children. To provide school children with nutritious food, the World Food Programme uses fortified foods for school feeding. While addressing the same issue, this project will work with the schools to grow their own vegetable crops to feed the children. Fresh vegetables contain a range of micronutrients and minerals; growing and eating fresh vegetables contributes to a healthier, balanced diet. Sustainability is thus more likely because the schools enable themselves to provide for the children.


To provide scientific evidence that school garden based approaches improve nutrition among school children in the age of 6-18 years.


The primary beneficiaries of the project are school children from 6 to 18 years old. Secondary beneficiaries include families of the school children; staff members of the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Education in terms of capacity-building regarding school vegetable gardens; trainers and national country managers; schoolmasters and schoolmistresses who participate in the training; researchers who take part in nutrition related research; and whoever learns from the research results that are generated from this project.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

  • Improved capacity in the target countries to successfully implement school vegetable gardens;
  • Pilot school vegetable gardens adopted (20 schools per country; Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Nepal and Bhutan) and the produce consumed by the school girls and boys;
  • Increased knowledge on how school vegetable gardens contribute to improved nutrition and health of school children (6 - 18 years old), as well as the interaction with sanitation and hygiene.
  • Resultate

    Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

    The Philippines, Indonesia, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Nepal and Tanzania have existing school garden initiatives which differ considerably. The project planning workshop raised awareness of the importance of diet diversity and nutrition amongst the group, enhanced their understanding of the needs and opportunities, and preliminary country strategies for school vegetable garden approaches were developed.

    Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
    Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
    Projektpartner Vertragspartner
    Ausländische Hochschul- und Forschungsinstitution
    • World Vegetable Centre

    Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   3'910'030 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   3'559'835
    Projektphasen Phase 2 01.07.2016 - 30.06.2017   (Completed)

    Phase 1 01.09.2012 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)