BACKGROUND AND DETAILS
A few government schools have been growing vegetables for their mid-day meal scheme, and many others have shown interest in a recent survey that we conducted. Tamil Nadu proudly pioneered the mid-day meal scheme, which has been scaled up to a national level. Chennai could potentially be the first city in the country to involve children and help nearly 100 schools setup vegetable gardens for their mid-day meal scheme. It is also the right time to promote rooftop-vegetable gardening since Greater Chennai Corporation’s proposed by-laws on solid waste management (SWM) strongly encourage composting.
Urban horticulture has many proven linkages to food security and nutrition, livelihood generation, SWM, and water conservation, and contributes to building civic and social resilience. By bringing the vegetable gardening program to schools, we hope children will connect with nature and understand how food is grown.
Greater Chennai Corporation: The Corporation’s schools are managed by Greater Chennai Corporation
Agriculture (Horticulture) Department, Government of Tamil Nadu: Provide technical expertise and input
TN Corporation for Development of Women: Provide baskets for vegetable gardening and to train caretakers to manage vegetable gardens in the school
Corporate Partners: Provide financial support
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