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The Sri Rewatha Primary School garden

During the visit, the ambassadors, joined by FAO Representative to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Vimlendra Sharan, first visited a school garden supported by FAO in the Kuliyapitiya district. The garden is one of 100 school gardens established by FAO to promote home gardening and tackle food security among schoolchildren. FAO provided seed packs, agriculture tools, and informational material to the schools in May this year along with training programmes on nutrition-based gardening for teachers and students to improve technical capacities in establishing and maintaining a school garden. Both Ambassadors noted that the school has shown exceptional motivation and drive to maintain a nutritious garden for the benefit of both students and the school.

The gardens are now providing nutritious produce for children and faculty, strengthening the food security of an estimated 20,000-30,000 vulnerable households.