The project is planned for three phases; Phase I (2012/2013-2015) focusing on research-for-development in terms of local adaptation and adoption of school vegetable gardens, Phase II (2016-2018) which will scale-out the implementation of school vegetable gardens in target countries and a wrapping-up Phase III (2019-2020).

The first phase aims to show that school vegetable garden-based approaches improve nutrition among school girls and boys between six and 18 years old in target countries through a greater dietary diversity and nutritional awareness.

By using a randomised controlled trial design for selecting project schools and non-project (‘control’) schools and by collecting baseline and annual follow-up data, the project tests the hypothesis that the nutritional security of school children will be improved in target countries through school vegetable gardens, linked with other school-based health, nutrition and environmental initiatives with close participation of local communities.

Through in-depth case studies of the synergetic effects of school vegetable gardens with health, WASH, and nutrition, the project ensures evidence-based implementation of school vegetable gardens and develops and recommends strategies for scaling-out the project interventions in Phase II.

A web based Collaborative Research Environment (CRE) for all project partners supports data collection and data analysis, and secures long term data storage and long term data accessibility for all data from the randomised controlled trial, the case studies, and also from project monitoring and evaluation.