A comparison of supply chains for school food: exploring operational trade-offs across implementation models

A comparison of supply chains for school food: exploring operational trade-offs across implementation models

School feeding is a complex form of intervention that is delivered in various, context-specific models or configurations. This paper indicates that an increasing need for support and understanding of the different models and modalities has been expressed by governments to aid the design of school feeding programs.

The paper notes that supply chain management is a key factor for program delivery and performance of school feeding. Therefore, it introduces a standardised framework for the analysis of school feeding supply chains that allows meaningful comparisons of programs across different implementation models.

The framework is intended to describe the key supply chain relationships of school feeding, that is, the flow of goods, funds and information between the supply chain actors. Still, the paper did not attempt to map the details of all the stakeholder relationships across the system, nor focus on agriculture value chains for school feeding programmes - these remain important areas of further work.

The authors highlight that a follow-up to their paper may involve a detailed analysis of implementation models and country cases. In this sense, qualitative and quantitative data will lead to more insights on various supply chain models. Furthermore, additional insights may come from private sector examples with similar supply chains.