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Evaluation of a school feeding programme linked to agriculture production in Mali
ISRCTN ISRCTN76705891
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN76705891
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Public title Evaluation of a school feeding programme linked to agriculture production in Mali
Scientific title Community participation and the links between agriculture, nutrition and education: design of a randomised field experiment of “home-grown” school feeding in Mali
Acronym N/A
Serial number at source N/A
Study hypothesis School feeding programmes provide well documented direct benefits to school children and their families. Emerging evidence also suggests that they can provide a stable market for goods and services. This is the first randomised control trial that will examine this in detail.
Lay summary Lay summary under review 2
Ethics approval Not provided at time of registration
Study design Randomised control trial
Countries of recruitment Mali
Disease/condition/study domain School health and nutrition
Participants - inclusion criteria Primary school age children (aged 5-15) and their families, small holder farmers
Participants - exclusion criteria Households with children not of primary school age
Anticipated start date 01/02/2012
Anticipated end date 01/04/2014
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Target number of participants The study population includes 5700 children, 1740 households, 116 schools and 58 mayors. Households will be selected at random from village level listings.
Interventions The evaluation will measure outcomes at child, household and school level. Households and schools will be randomly assigned to the intervention. Three treatment arms are envisaged:

Control group:
These are schools and household from villages were the intervention will not be implemented. The intervention will be delayed by at least two years in these villages, preferably without informing schools and households.

Regular school feeding programme group:
These are schools and villages where the standard Government programme is implemented, with Mayors responsible for the food procurement.

Home grown school feeding and social accountability group (HGSF+):
These are schools and villages were the programme is implemented in addition to a capacity building component including training of community based organisations and local government on food procurement, nutrition education, and feedback monitoring.
Primary outcome measure(s) Small-holder farmer income, school participation and learning, and community involvement in the programme
Secondary outcome measure(s) 1. Nutritional status (anthropometry)
2. Diet-diversity
Sources of funding The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA)
Trial website
Publications 2013 protocol in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23433395
Contact name Dr  Lesley  Drake
  Address Partnership for Child Development, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Imperial College London
  City/town London
  Zip/Postcode W2 1PG
  Country United Kingdom
  Email Lesley.Drake@imperial.ac.uk
Sponsor Imperial College London (UK)
  Address c/o Prof. Neil Furguson
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
St Mary's Campus
  City/town London
  Zip/Postcode W2 1PG
  Country United Kingdom
  Sponsor website: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/
Date applied 14/05/2012
Last edited 13/09/2013
Date ISRCTN assigned 12/07/2012
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