Journal Article

School Feeding Programs and Development: Are We Framing the Question Correctly?

Harold Alderman and Donald Bundy

in The World Bank Research Observer

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 204-221
Published in print August 2012 | ISSN: 0257-3032
Published online July 2011 | e-ISSN: 1564-6971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wbro/lkr005
School Feeding Programs and Development: Are We Framing the Question Correctly?

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School feeding programs are politically popular interventions. They are, nevertheless, difficult to assess in terms of effectiveness since their impact is partially on education and partially on school health. They are, additionally, a means to augment consumption by vulnerable populations. The authors look at recent evidence from in-depth studies and argue that while school feeding programs can influence the education of school children and, to a lesser degree, augment nutrition for families of beneficiaries, they are best viewed as transfer programs that can provide a social safety net and help promote human capital investments.

Keywords: H; I; O

Journal Article.  7067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth ; Health, Education, and Welfare ; Public Economics

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