As part of Mali's M&E system its impact evaluation project is aimed at measuring the impact of school feeding on education, health/nutrition, smallholder farmers, and the broader community development in Mali. The project was designed with a treatment group (58 schools) who received school feeding from 2012, and a control group (58 schools) where school feeding was to be delayed. Three rounds of surveys were planned – baseline, follow-up, and end line – to compare changes in outcomes across the different groups.
School Feeding Assessment in five regions of Mali
A survey assessing school feeding and its impact on enrolment rates in government schools in Mali, "Rapport en quete écoles á cantines" was published in March 2012. The assessment looked at varying regions of the country: Gao, Tombouctou, Kayes, Mopti and Koulikoro.
The report written by Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development, the World Food Programme and the Government of Mali, assessed the majority of schools in the five regions and found variations for different cases. Whether schools had canteens often depended on whether they were primary or second school systems. In Mali the secondary school system sees two tiers; lower and higher school completion. Overall, a third of all the schools had canteens in place and of this proportion, school canteens were more commonly found in lower rather than high schools (of the secondary school cycle). In regions Kayes and Koulikoro it was found that just a fifth of highschools had canteens compared to 90% of lower schools with canteens. The regions with the most overall school canteen coverage were found to be in Tombouctou and Gao.
During the school year, results of the study showed an increase in school enrolment correlating to regions with most canteen to school coverage - Tombouctou and Gao. Increased enrolment was particularly noticed for boys - with their enrolment increasing by a third. Comparatively, a decrease in school enrolment was noticed in other regions: Kayes, Koulikoro and Mopti by the end of the school year.
The reports statistics on agriculture, education and school feeding can also be accessed through the following links:
Download a copy of the report (in French): Rapport d'enquete sur le niveau de preparation des ecoles gouvernementales devant beneficier de l'emop.