SEARCA shares the school gardens project experience at the CODHEND Seminar-Workshop 2018
MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines–The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented "The Role of School Gardening in the Context of Nutrition, Education, Nutrition Improvement, Agriculture, and Economics" during the Council of Deans and Heads in Nutrition and Dietetics, Inc. (CODHEND) Seminar-Workshop 2018, held on 25-27 January 2018 at the BSA Twin Towers, Ortigas Center.
SEARCA's Program Head for Research and Development, Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, discussed the rationale, conceptual and operational frameworks, design, and key findings and accomplishments of the project. Her presentation included an excerpt from the SHGP video. Dr. Burgos concluded her session by announcing two important back-to-back events related to school and home gardens, namely, the International Conference on School Plus Home Gardens and the Training of Trainors on Scaling-up the School Plus Home Gardens in Southeast Asia, which will take place on 16-21 April 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.
There was high interest in the SHGP model among the participants, especially in the overall implementation guidelines, the edible landscaping component, and the links of the school gardens to the school feeding program and the households.
The 3-day CODHEND seminar also introduced The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the central kitchen school-feeding model, and capacity building of leaders, among other important topics.
SEARCA was also represented by its Visiting Research Fellow from the University of California, Mr. Shun-Nan Chiang.