The broad range of contexts in which Food for Education (FFE) interventions have been designed and implemented has led to an increasing awareness of the potential benefits of FFE in different socio-economic dimensions, including education, nutrition, social equity and agricultural development. The impact of FFE on educational outcomes is perhaps the most studied. Evaluations of FFE programmes have shown that FFE programmes lead to increased enrolment and attendance (of girls in particular), reduced drop-out particularly in the lower primary school grades, and improved student learning capacity.
Monitoring financial inputs of FFE is a critical component for it increases accountability, transparency and equity. Assessing the cost of FFE is also crucial in terms of persuading partners of the financial feasibility of scaling up FFE programmes. FFE costs will be important in terms of identifying the size of the investments required to reach the EFA goals. However, the diversity and complexity of the different FFE operations poses a huge challenge in terms of obtaining a standardized methodology that can be applied to all FFE interventions. FFE costs depend on several different factors, including the composition and size of the ration, the caloric intake per day, the number of beneficiaries and the school feeding days per year. Logistics, security and climatic conditions will have an impact on programme expenditures. The geographical context will also affect the programme cost; operations in landlocked countries will generally face greater operational costs than in countries implementing the same type of programme that have access to the sea. Feel free to navigate this page and access all the relevant documents sorted as follows:
The Food For Education SNACK is a tool for the knowledge sharing of key Food for Education (FFE) issues among WFP FFE focal points and stakeholders worldwide. The biweekly electronic bulletin is intended to be a practical way to highlight and discuss relevant activities, case studies, lessons learned, best practices and tools related to FFE in a friendly and briefly way.
WFP Basic Tools
WFP basic tools provide an initial set of background readings that allow the reader to deepen the understanding of WFP approach to the issue. Available papers are: (i) Getting started HIVAIDS; (ii) School Feeding in an Emergency Situation – Guidelines; (iii) Basic Guide School Feeding; (iv) School Feeding Handbook; (v) The Essential Package. Twelve interventions to improve the health and nutrition of school-age children.
School Feeding Evaluations
From this section you can access all the information available on school feeding assessment issues.
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This page also collects relevant papers from UN agencies, scholarly journals and other shareholders dealing with school feeding issues.