Consultation Meeting

April 8, 2016: A Consultation Meeting on the Vegetables Go to School (VGtS) project was conducted on 8 April, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan with project teams from Bhutan and Nepal. Nine delegates from the Nepal VGtS participated, and Bhutan was represented with officials from the Bhutan Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests and country team members from the Department of School Health and Nutrition and Department of Agriculture. The meeting was chaired by Offtg. Director General, Department of Agriculture at the Hotel Rochogpel.

VGtS

The objective of the meeting was to share experiences and updates on project achievements and activities implemented in last three years with support from the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) Taiwan and funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC).

The chairperson, Offtg. Director General Ganesh Chhetri of the Department of Agriculture, highlighted the importance of school agriculture and the benefits of growing vegetables for food security and nutrition supplementation in schools. He highlighted that 20 percent of vegetables and eggs produced are contributed through the School Agriculture Program (SAP) in Bhutan schools. After phasing out of the World Food Program (WFP) feeding program, SAP has to shoulder the responsibility of contributing vegetable produce to feeding schools.

The team from Nepal presented information on the effect of school vegetable gardening on knowledge, preference and consumption of vegetables in schools. The team from Bhutan presented preliminary findings of the research done for the first project phase and presented the outcomes of the project. The delegates also visited Dechentsemo Central School and Shengana Lower Secondary School in Punakha Dzongkha.

The programme was organized and initiated by the Vegetables Go to School Project under the School Agriculture Program, Department of Agriculture and Forests.

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