Impacts of a ‘Food for education’ program in Bangladesh

A Food for Education (FFE) program, which rewarded poorer families in Bangladesh with food in return for regular attendance of their children at school, led to a 20 to 30 per cent increase in school participation rates. Seven years after the start of the program, more than one-quarter of all primary schools or 13 per cent of all primary school students (more than 2 million) were covered by the scheme. The return to IFPRI's involvement in the FFE program, which included IFPRI's positive evaluation of the programs early expansion, was conservatively estimated at 64 to 96 per cent.