Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries

Published by
World Bank
World Food Programme (WFP)
The Partnership for Child Development (PCD)
Authored by
Lesley Drake; Woolnough, Alice; Burbano, Carmen; Bundy, Donald.
Humanitarian Sectors - Nutrition
Humanitarian Sectors - Food Security
School Management

School feeding programs are gaining increased recognition for their twin roles as a long-term social protection investment as well as acting as a productive safety net for children and their families who are affected by poverty and food insecurity. 

This Sourcebook is the third analysis of school feeding by the the World BankWFP, and PCD and was developed in response to demand from governments and development agencies, and offers guidelines for designing and implementing sustainable national food programs, as well as recommendations for strengthening existing programs. This analysis uses a standardized approach to provide a more in-depth understanding of individual programs from 14 different countries, including nine programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, to compare cases and identify common themes, challenges and good practices. The following 14 countries were selected to provide diversity in geography, approach, and development: Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The Sourcebook has two main objectives. First, to provide detailed case studies on individual programs as practical examples of the strengths and challenges of implementing national programs at scale; and second, to identify good practices by analyzing the immense diversity of approaches that are used by national programs. According to the analysis, the strongest and most sustainable programs are those that respond to a community need, are locally-owned and incorporate some form of parental or community involvement. The overall goal of the Sourcebook is to support learning and knowledge exchange among countries which are looking to strengthen and scale-up their national programs.