Children orphaned by AIDS and other vulnerable schoolchildren showed FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf some of the sustainable agricultural practices, handicrafts and other skills they have learned under the Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools initiative.
The Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS) are run by FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Programme in Swaziland (ECRU), in collaboration with other United Nations agencies. The initiative gives vulnerable children the chance to improve their diets by planting a variety of crops, while increasing their knowledge of farming.
The JFFLS programme, funded mainly by the Government of Australia, also teaches students other technical and social skills which can help them to lead healthier, more prosperous lives. "We need to reduce the overall vulnerability of households, allowing them to maintain food security even in the face of emergencies like soaring prices and drought", Diouf said.