Re-Imagining School Feeding: A High-Return Investment in Human Capital and Local Economics

Authors: Donald Bundy, Nilanthi de Silva, Susan Horton, Dean Jamison, George Patton

Re-Imagining School Feeding: A High-Return Investment in Human Capital and Local Economies was developed by the World Food Programme and the editorial team of Disease Control Priorities and published by the World Bank. This book seeks to share the latest child-centered evidence showing how well-designed school feeding programs can promote human capital development in low- and middle-income countries, especially as part of a cost-effective essential package of interventions for school children and adolescents.

Excerpt from Preface by David Beasley & Jim Yong Kim 

"Investments in human capital are multidimensional and complementary. Time and time again, our experiences show that health and education are two sides of the same coin, and investing in one requires simultaneous investment in the other. While building human capital depends on quality education, good health and nutrition are also required for children and adolescents to be able to participate and learn in school. When we improve the health and nutrition of schoolchildren, we transform the rest of their lives. Children who are well-nourished learn more, and as adults they earn more and are more productive. That transformation carries through to the next generation with the improved health of their own children, creating a long-term cycle of economic growth and progress."

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