12 May 2014
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of the School Feeding Program (SFP) in Bangladesh. The evaluation is based on a number of surveys at the household, school and community levels in addition to achievement tests for the schoolchildren, carried out in late 2003. Some of the major findings are highlighted here. SFP has raised school enrollment by 14.2 percent, reduced the probability of dropping out of school by 7.5 percent, and increased school attendance by about 1.3 days a month. These results are obtained from econometric models that captured the impact of the SFP alone, isolating the effects of income and other factors.
9 May 2014
This is the fifth and final evaluation in the series of impact evaluations of WFP school feeding.Bangladesh was one of five countries selected for an impact evaluation of school feeding (SF) in 2010-2011. The objectives are to evaluate the outcomes and impact achieved in relation to intended education objectives; evaluate outcomes and impact in relation to WFP‘s new nutrition and value transfer policy objectives; evaluate unintended outcomes and impacts; and identify changes needed to WFP operations in order to contribute to development objectives and the WFP Strategic Plan and SFP 2009.
8 May 2014
They look like ordinary biscuits, but for more than a million Bangladeshi children, they may be a ticket out of malnutrition, illiteracy, and abject poverty.
8 May 2014
The concern that learning performance may be adversely affected by increased class size appears to be unfounded. But unchecked, the negative peer effect could hinder student achievement.
8 May 2014
While both food and cash incentives can raise enrolment rates, in Bangladesh food rations increased families’ food consumption, too, but cash transfers did not. Therefore, if a programme’s goals include nutrition support in addition to raising school enrolment, a food-based incentive system appears to be more effective.
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