Food For Education: A Path Forward After 10 Years of Learnings

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McGovern Dole Food-for-Education (FFE) projects, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, aim to reduce hunger and improve literacy outcomes for school-age children, especially for girls, around the world. The projects provide a combination of school meals and a host of literacy components ranging from teacher training to school libraries.

Since 2013, AIR has been contracted as an external evaluator for FFE projects across seven countries. Ten years later we have gained deep empirical insights; cross-country comparative, global information; and local knowledge about the program, how it differs across contexts, its implementation, and its impact.

On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST, AIR will host a webinar presenting new findings from meta-analyses of various FFE projects.

 

Participants will hear from a panel of experts presenting lessons learned related to:

  • COVID-19 disruptions and school closures;
  • Literacy interventions and their impact on student learning; and
  • Scalability and sustainability of these projects.

AIR literacy experts will outline how these lessons learned–along with the generation of new evidence–are being applied to significantly improve the effectiveness of literacy outcomes as part of FFE programming in Benin and beyond.

 

Moderator

Anne Sellers
Education Technical Director
Catholic Relief Services
 

Panelists

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Pooja Nakamura

Pooja Reddy Nakamura
Principal Researcher, AIR

 

 

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Uttara Balakrishnan
Senior Research Economist, AIR
 


 

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Michaela Gulemetova

Michaela Gulemetova
Senior Economist, AIR
 


 

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Glynnis Melnicove

Glynnis Melnicove
Researcher, AIR
 


 

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Adria Molotsky

Adria Molotsky
Senior Economist, AIR



 

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Ellie Morefield

Ellie Morefield
Team Lead
Monitoring, Evaluation and Strategic Planning
USDA

 

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Camilla Freedland-Taylor
International Program Specialist
Foreign Agricultural Service
USDA

 

 

Closing Remarks

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David Seidenfeld
Senior Vice President
International Development Division, AIR

Event Information

February 7, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location
Online
Contact
Pooja Nakamura
Principal Researcher