Promotion of school gardens through Junior Farmer Field Learning Schools approach to improve school feeding in twelve years basic education schools in rural areas of Rwanda

Starting from a constant of different problems facing the school feeding program in Rwanda, this project seeks to investigate how the school kitchen gardening model can improve the school feeding program by increasing food production within school gardens. It also investigates how this model can support the mitigation and adaptation of climate change. Through its findings, the project intends to produce evidences that can serve as support for recommending government and partners to invest in school kitchen gardens.

In that framework, this project proposes to provide students with knowledge and skills to improve the food system in their school feeding program in order to boost their learning performance; provide beneficiaries with skills of kitchen gardening techniques and farming practices that are environmentally friendly and support water and waste management in schools and homes; organize trainings for stakeholders who will assist in the scalability of the program in other schools and communities to improve their livelihoods. The proposed methodology consists of

  1. baseline assessment (discussing with stakeholders and beneficiaries to get insight of the problem related to school feeding);
  2. intervention (trainings students on environmentally friendly gardening technics and assist in application of the skills acquired through the trainings) together with community outreach activities
  3. end line assessment.

More information about the project

Key Themes:
Climate Action
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: rwanda
Principal Investigator: James Haganza
Co-Investigators: Zacharie Manirarora, Richard Mugisha, Aphrodice Nshimiyimana
Host Organisation: Global initiative for Environment and Reconciliation
Partners: Catholic Relief Services, Care 4 Them Wellness Organization
Duration: 12 months