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A Study of the Outcomes of the Take-Home Food Rations for OVCs in Comunities Affected by AIDS in Malawi: Research Report

A Study of the Outcomes of the Take-Home Food Rations for OVCs in Comunities Affected by AIDS in Malawi, UNICEF, WFP, IDS, Research for Equity and Community Health Trust (Malawi), May 2008

 

This research project was developed to answer the question of whether and how take-home food rations, delivered through schools and conditional on school attendance, can improve the lives and prospects for vulnerable children, their carers and other household members in communities heavily affected by AIDS. The study also aims to inquire into whether any aspects of the programmes may inadvertently compromise the welfare of some children, or fail to reach or meet the needs of certain intended beneficiaries, or equally/more vulnerable children who are not currently targeted. The specific purpose of the study was to research the outcomes of take-home food rations (THR) programmes, supported by the World Food Programme (WFP), in terms of whether and how they benefit children and their carers in areas related to food security, and educational and family support for the child.