School Farms is a rural community-based school feeding support program that empowers local community schools to grow their own food whilst creating a space to help students gain practical skills and explore opportunities in Agriculture.
Community schools are increasingly faced with the challenge of funding school meals due to limited government support, the rise in food cost and market failures. School Farms seeks to ensure the availability, utilization and access to school meals. It recognizes the link between education, nutrition and skill development and is improving access to all.
Community schools are supported to grow their own organic food. School Farms prioritizes the growing of staple crops, vegetables and fruits. With produce from the farm, schoolchildren are offered an in-school nutritious meal for healthy growth and mental development.
School Meals increases school attendance, retention and active teaching and learning activities in schools by more than 25 percent. School Farms provides a cost-effective and sustainable solution to school meals. Its core elements: Farms, Meals, and Skills help achieve its goal.
The success of this project will contribute to Achieving Zero Hunger (SDG2), Reducing Inequality (SDG10) by promoting access to opportunities to gain agricultural skills, promote access to Quality Education (SDG4) and promote good health and well-being (SDG3).