We create sustainable food systems in schools for school meals and experiential learning
School Farms is a rural community-based school feeding support program that empowers local community schools to grow their own food. It creates a space to help students gain practical skills and explore opportunities in agriculture.
AgroMentoring matches rural young people to agripreneurs for the purpose of knowledge and information sharing, experiential learning and develops the interest of rural young people in agriculture.
AgroMentoring is a four (4) weeks of the community-based, non-residential agricultural mentoring initiative. Mentoring is a proven approach to drive rich learning and development for both local farmers (mentors) and rural young people (mentees).
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. Community schools are supported to grow their own organic food. School Farms prioritizes the growth of staple crops, vegetables, and fruits. With produce from the farm, schoolchildren are offered sustainable in-school nutritious meals for healthy growth and mental development.
A joint study was undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in 2014 on Youth and Agriculture-Key Challenges and Concrete solutions, identified that ‘young people do not perceive agriculture as a remunerative and prestigious profession and until they find meaningful economic opportunities and attractive environments in rural areas, they will continue to migrate to cities’. Our Award program recognizes young people who undertake independent projects in agriculture.
Agriculture Skills Development Curriculum
Rural Young people are empowered with agricultural entrepreneurial skills in order to explore opportunities in agriculture. Our Agriculture Skills Development Hank book contains modules that help rural young people acquire skills to explore opportunities in the agriculture value chain.
Why School Farms?
The main objective of the program is to address hunger in schools by helping them grow their own food
Other objectives include ...
Increase school enrolment, interest, retention and attendance