12 May 2014
The popularity of school feeding programs make it imperative that we answer basic questions about the effectiveness of these programs. Do they boost enrollment and if so, are take-home rations as good as offering in-school meals? A proper lunch can ward off hunger, but is it enough to make up for years of nutritional deprivation? Children who aren’t hungry can focus better in school—does this mean they will do better in their classes? The answers are critical if we want to create effective development programs.
12 May 2014
This paper uses a prospective randomized trial to assess the impact of two school feeding schemes on health and education outcomes for children from low-income households in northern rural Burkina Faso. The two school feeding programs under consideration are, on the one hand, school meals where students are provided with lunch each school day, and, on the other hand, take-home rations that provide girls with 10 kg of cereal flour each month, conditional on 90 percent attendance rate. After running for one academic year, both programs increased girls' enrollment by 5 to 6 percentage points.
8 May 2014
This summary presents the findings and implications from the three country-studies which were jointly undertaken by the World Bank, IFPRI and the World Food Programme on School Feeding Programmes in Burkina Faso, Uganda and Lao PDR between 2005 and 2008. The cases of Burkina Faso and Laos provide significant evidence on the positive impacts of school feeding on the policy-claimed objectives of education, nutrition and gender. The impact evaluation in Lao PDR shows how empirical research can help to identify the major challenges at policy level and to improve the design and implementation of school feeding programmes in the field.
- 6 December 2013 In Burkina Faso, School Meals Raise Enrolment, Improve Nutrition