This book critically assesses the role of agrobiodiversity in school gardens and its contribution to diversifying diets, promoting healthy eating habits and improving nutrition among schoolchildren as well as other benefits relating to climate change adaptation, ecoliteracy and greening school spaces.

Many schoolchildren suffer from various forms of malnutrition and it is important to address their nutritional status given the effects it has on their health, cognition, and subsequently their educational achievement. Schools are recognized as excellent platforms for promoting lifelong healthy eating and improving long-term, sustainable nutrition security required for optimum educational outcomes. This book reveals the multiple benefits of school gardens for improving nutrition and education for children and their families. It examines issues such as school feeding, community food production, school gardening, nutritional education and the promotion of agrobiodiversity, and draws on international case studies, from both developed and developing nations, to provide a comprehensive global assessment.

This book will be essential reading for those interested in promoting agrobiodiversity, sustainable nutrition and healthy eating habits in schools and public institutions more generally. It identifies recurring and emerging issues, establishes best practices, identifies key criteria for success and advises on strategies for scaling up and scaling out elements to improve the uptake of school gardens.

chapter 1|32 pages

School gardens

Multiple functions and multiple outcomes
ByJulian Gonsalves, Danny Hunter, Nina Lauridsen

chapter 2|15 pages

Schools as a system to improve nutrition

ByStineke Oenema, Lesley Drake, Kaia Engesveen, Andrea Polo Galante, Danny Hunter, David Ryckembusch, Luana Swensson, Florence Tartanac

chapter 3|14 pages

Strategies for integrating food and nutrition in the primary school curriculum

ByMaria Theresa M. Talavera, Aileen R. de Juras

chapter 4|15 pages

Linking school gardens, school feeding, and nutrition education in the Philippines

ByEmilita Monville-Oro, Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Irish P. Baguilat, Julian Gonsalves, Mario V. Capanzana

chapter 5|9 pages

School gardens in Nepal

Design, piloting, and scaling
ByDhruba Raj Bhattarai, Pepijn Schreinemachers

chapter 6|19 pages

Trees nurture nutrition

An insight on how to integrate locally available food tree and crop species in school gardens
ByStepha McMullin, Barbara Stadlmayr, Erick Ngethe, Brendah Wekesa, Ken Njogu, Agnes Gachuiri, Ben Mbaya, Agnes Katiwa, Ramni Jamnadass

chapter 7|10 pages

The role of school gardens as conservation networks for tree genetic resources

ByFrancesca Grazioli, Muhabbat Turdieva, Chris J. Kettle

chapter 8|11 pages

The impact of school gardens on nutrition outcomes in low-income countries

ByPepijn Schreinemachers, Ray-yu Yang, Dhruba Raj Bhattarai, Bal Bdr Rai, Mamounata Sandaogo Ouedraogo

chapter 9|16 pages

Parent engagement in sustaining the nutritional gains from School-Plus-Home Gardens Project and school-based feeding programmes in the Philippines

The case of the Province of Laguna
ByBlesilda Calub, Leila S. Africa, Bessie Burgos

chapter 10|17 pages

Scaling up the integrated school nutrition model in the Philippines

Experiences and lessons learned
ByEmilita Monville-Oro, Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Irish P. Baguilat, Julian Gonsalves, Mario V. Capanzana

chapter Case study 1|12 pages

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Program

chapter Case study 2|7 pages

Reviving local food systems in Hawai‘i

ByNancy Redfeather, Elizabeth Cole

chapter Case study 3|7 pages

Food Plant Solutions

School gardens in Vietnam
ByKaralyn Hingston, Natalie Ching

chapter Case study 4|8 pages

Preserving local cultural heritage through capacity building for girls in the Moroccan High Atlas

ByPommelien Da Silva Cosme

chapter Case study 5|15 pages

Learning gardens cultivating health and well-being – stories from Australia

ByPeter Dawe, Anthea Fawcett, Torres Webb

chapter Case study 6|7 pages

African leafy vegetables go back to school

Farm to school networks embrace biodiversity for food and nutrition in Kenya
ByAurillia Manjella, Alessandra Grasso, Victor Wasike

chapter Case study 7|7 pages

Grow to learn – learning gardens for Syrian children and youth in Lebanon

ByNina Lauridsen

chapter Case study 8|9 pages

School gardens (māra)

Today’s learning spaces for Māori
ByNick Roskruge

chapter Case study 10|8 pages

Laboratorios para la Vida

Action research for agroecological scaling through food- and garden-based education
ByBruce G. Ferguson, Helda Morales

chapter Case Study 11|11 pages

Agrobiodiversity education

The inclusion of agrobiodiversity in primary school curricula in Xiengkhouang Province, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
ByChinda Milayvong, Kevin Kamp, Manivanh Aliyavong

chapter Case study 13|9 pages

Where the wild things are

ByAyfer Tan, Neşe Adanacioğlu, Saadet Tuğrul Ay, Malek Batal, Hala Ghattas, Salma Talhouk

chapter Case study 14|7 pages

Slow food 10,000 gardens – cultivating the future of Africa

ByReguli Damas Marandu, John Kariuki Mwangi, Samson Kiiru Ngugi, Edward Mukiibi

chapter Case study 15|9 pages

The integration of food biodiversity in school curricula through school gardens and gastronomy in Brazil

ByAna Rosa Domingues dos Santos, Nádia Lúcia Almeida Nunes, Alessandra Santos dos Santos, Camila Neves Soares Oliveira, Lidio Coradin, Daniela Moura de Oliveira Beltrame, Neio Lúcio de Oliveira Campos