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

School feeding programs are politically popular interventions yet it is difficult to assess their effectiveness since their impact is partially on education and partially on school health. They are a means to augment consumption by vulnerable populations. The authors review new evidence and argue that while these programs can have an impact on education and, to a lesser degree, augment nutrition for the families of beneficiaries, they are best viewed as transfer programs that provide a social safety net and promote human capital investments.

Alderman, H., Bundy, D. Oxford University Press (2012).