Among many rural communities in South Africa, agricultural development is facing a growing problem. Food production is dominated by the older generation, with few young people seeing agriculture as an attractive industry to join.
To try and tackle this problem, ActionAid and its partners have designed and implemented a series of food gardens within schools. The gardens help to develop children’s interest in agriculture at an early stage, and are used in practical environmental and science classes. Classes also help to demonstrate the importance of local food production.
In addition they provide vegetables for school feeding schemes; generate income for the school; and provide vegetables to local orphans and the elderly.
This project has seen an increased interest in farming by the children and has also seen a reduction in malnutrition among children, orphans and the elderly.
This is just one example of the way in which child sponsorship funds help to support our work.