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Organic School Gardens


The impact of organic school gardens

An excellent example of a socially relevant project is our Organic School Garden project in Ghana. We launched this project in 2008, in close collaboration with the Ghana Organic Agriculture Network GOAN. We have set up sixteen organic school gardens, which provide daily fruits and vegetables for healthy school meals. In 2010 we have added eight more school gardens. The project is funded by Oxfam Novib.

Lack of fruits and vegetables leads to malnutrition

Many children in developing countries have inadequate diets, with fruits and vegetables usually lacking. As a result they suffer from malnutrition, which affects not only their health but also their learning abilities. If fruits and vegetables are available, they are often laced with harmful pesticides.

Better for the environment, better for children's health

School gardens provide enough daily fruits and vegetables for healthy school meals. By using organic growing methods, the produce is free from pesticide residues and safe for consumption. Moreover, organic production does not harm the environment. The school gardens also serve as demonstration plots for agricultural students and local farmers. They are shown how to make compost and how to farm without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The farming families can use the fruits and vegetables for their own meals. And if production is sufficient they can market the surplus to earn additional income.

Making systems work

We approach poverty alleviation from a broader perspective than others. We take into account the complexity of local factors. In our view sustainable agriculture is the driving force behind rural development. We work closely together with national organic movements. Thanks to our longstanding experience with agricultural development projects, we are able to make systems work.

Clients and cases Ismail Awil Oxfam Novib about the Louis Bolk Institute.

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