Organic school gardens

The project aims to provide 15 schools throughout the country with organic school gardens, also growing medicinal plants, to improve students’ nutrition and to combat malaria and other infectious tropical diseases. More specifically, it will improve the health and attendance of students and teachers thanks to produce from the school gardens, which will be used in the newly established school canteens, ultimately improving the students’ academic results. Excess produce will be sold and the funds will be used towards school operating costs. The use of two medicinal plants, Artemisa annua and moringa leaves, will reduce the prevalence of malaria and combat malnutrition in children, teachers, and parents. The project also includes national advocacy on the benefits of school gardens combined with medicinal plants.

IDAY International is an international network of 19 national coalitions of NGOs bringing together 600 African civil society organisations founded in 2008. It focuses on access to quality education for children and youths. The project is being led by IDAY-Benin in the field.

Type

Health / Environment / Education

Duration

November 2018 – October 2021

Location

Benin

With whom

IDAY International

Website

www.iday.org

Benin

Population
11.2 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 800/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
40% (2015)

Literacy rate
33% (2016)

Human Development Index
163rd out of 189 countries (2018)

Benin has implemented important economic and structural reforms over the past decade leading to notable improvements in human development. Despite moderate GDP growth, 4 to 6% per year over the past two decades, poverty remains widespread and on the rise. Significant challenges remain in the health sector, with child and maternal mortality remaining high. With one of the lowest literacy rates in the world (33%), the quality of education still requires improvement. The share of public expenditure for the health and education sectors has significantly dropped over the past two years (from 7 to 4% and from 23 to 4.4%). Efforts are needed to ensure equity on geographical distribution and in particular better management of the two sectors.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.