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School Feeding: Outcomes and Costs

School Feeding: Outcomes and Costs BackgroundSchool-feeding programs are popular development assistance programs in developing countries but have previously had few sound, empirical analyses of their effectiveness and costs.ObjectiveThe goals of this study were to provide a realistic estimate of the costs of school feeding and combine these estimates with outcome information to obtain the cost per outcome.MethodsCost studies were conducted in three African countries by reviewing school-feeding costs provided by the World Food Programme and interviewing stakeholders in ministries of education and in the community. In another African country, existing costing information was used. To compare across the countries, costs were standardized for a 200-day school year, a 700-kcal per day ration, and when children were not fed. To obtain cost per outcome data, outcomes were obtained from a review of school-feeding studies.ResultsThe cost of school feeding ranged from US$28 to US$63 per child per year (weighted mean cost of US$40 per child per year). The cost for an extra day of attendance was less than US$10 per student, while the cost per extra kilogram of weight ranged from US$38 to US$252. Costs for cognitive outcomes were similarly variable.ConclusionsThis analysis estimates a higher average cost but a narrower range of costs when compared with previous estimates, reflecting the greater precision of the current analyses. The cost per outcome was high, but this analysis does not capture the full range of outcomes (e. g., social protection, educational achievement) potentially derived from school feeding. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Food and Nutrition Bulletin SAGE

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2009 Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation
ISSN
0379-5721
eISSN
1564-8265
DOI
10.1177/156482650903000209
pmid
19689096
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Abstract

BackgroundSchool-feeding programs are popular development assistance programs in developing countries but have previously had few sound, empirical analyses of their effectiveness and costs.ObjectiveThe goals of this study were to provide a realistic estimate of the costs of school feeding and combine these estimates with outcome information to obtain the cost per outcome.MethodsCost studies were conducted in three African countries by reviewing school-feeding costs provided by the World Food Programme and interviewing stakeholders in ministries of education and in the community. In another African country, existing costing information was used. To compare across the countries, costs were standardized for a 200-day school year, a 700-kcal per day ration, and when children were not fed. To obtain cost per outcome data, outcomes were obtained from a review of school-feeding studies.ResultsThe cost of school feeding ranged from US$28 to US$63 per child per year (weighted mean cost of US$40 per child per year). The cost for an extra day of attendance was less than US$10 per student, while the cost per extra kilogram of weight ranged from US$38 to US$252. Costs for cognitive outcomes were similarly variable.ConclusionsThis analysis estimates a higher average cost but a narrower range of costs when compared with previous estimates, reflecting the greater precision of the current analyses. The cost per outcome was high, but this analysis does not capture the full range of outcomes (e. g., social protection, educational achievement) potentially derived from school feeding.

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Food and Nutrition BulletinSAGE

Published: Jun 1, 2009

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