SEARCA and ADB launch “climate smart” gardens in Laguna
South East Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in cooperation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will be spearheading a pilot project that will positively lead to the prevalent implementation of “climate smart” gardens in local schools in six schools in Laguna, Manila Times reported.
The project, which was backed by SEARCA and ADB for $32,525, or approximately P1.51 million aims to help institutionalize methods for food and nutrition adequacy into the country’s educational system, said SEARCA.
The research group also added the project is also in line with an agreement for the exchange of best practices with Indonesia through the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP).
The initial six pilot sites near SEARCA’s headquarters in Laguna, and include Cabuyao Central School, Pedro Guevarra Memorial National High School, Labuin Elementary School, Crisanto Guysayko Memorial Elementary School, Mayjayjay Elementary School, and San Andres Elementary School, Manila Times said.
During a memorandum of agreement signing ceremony, SEARCA Director Gil Saguiguit Jr. explained that school gardens help endorse environmental protection, deliver food for the community, and instill youth valuable agriculture skills.
“School gardens serve as an alternative source of food and income for rural families to address the looming problems of rural poverty and hunger, which prevent access of many school children to quality education,” Saguiguit said in the report.