Karma, a student at the Yurung school in southern Bhutan, holds a freshly harvested pumpkin from the school’s garden.

Copyright: WFP/Angeli Mendoza

Bhutan: Children Learn To Grow Nutritious Food At School

Cabbage, chilli, peanuts, cauliflower, spinach, carrots...the garden of the lower secondary school in Yurung, Bhutan, probably has more fresh vegetables than your average neighbourhood market. Everything in the garden was grown by the children, who then eat their produce alongside the food provided by WFP and the government. In this way, WFP is supporting the community as it learns to produce more nutritious food for itself.

Overview

Bhutan's economy is based on agriculture, forestry, tourism and the sale of hydroelectric power to IndiaAgrarian practices consist largely of subsistence farming and animal husbandry.
The country’s development philosophy stresses the achievement of equitable and sustainable development (Gross National Happiness) over economic growth. From the beginning, particular emphasis was placed on human development. However, close to one-third of the population suffers from food insecurity and it depends on imports for 34 percent of its cereal needs. 23.2% of the population live below the national poverty line of Nu.1, 096 (2008) (US$ 23.5) per person per month.