Policy Roundtable on School Plus Home Gardens in Southeast Asia

Date: TBA | Venue: SEARCA, Philippines
(By invitation only)

Schools are recognized as excellent setting for promoting lifelong healthy eating and improving long-term, sustainable nutrition security. School gardens are viewed as simple yet effective ways of improving nutrition and education of children and their families. In some cases, school gardens have also been sources of savings or additional income. These have led to the wide implementation of school gardening initiatives, particularly in developing regions like Southeast Asia. However, these gardens have met with varying degrees of success and sustainability across the region. This policy roundtable aims to identify components of sustainability of school gardens and the promotion of nutritional status of school children and families, focusing on policies and institutional arrangements. Participants will include representatives from the Ministries of Education of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.