This baseline survey was conducted in October 2013 prior to the commencement of the maize meal fortified school feeding. The purpose of the project          was to assess the relationships associated with school attendance, nutrition wellbeing, and health status of learners under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).  This survey was conducted in 16 districts across the 22 districts implementing the HGSFP national wide. It was cross-sectional in nature which employed both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. 

This survey focused on the dietary patterns of school children in the rural areas. The results provide some useful insights to guide those interested in promoting healthy eating behaviour among school children.  The survey also showed that, a general view of school meals was important in enhancing regularly attendance of learners in school. The survey indicates that school meals help improve school attendance and reduce absenteeism in schools. This was stated to be very helpful especially to children that come from poor families. The results of this survey can therefore be used to refine the school feeding programme in terms of design and targeting.

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