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Endline Assessment of Fortification of Mid-Day Meal Programme in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh , World Food Programme (UN WFP), 2020

Improving nutritional deficiency among school-going-age children is very much needed in India and in states like Uttar Pradesh. Fortification of mid-day meal (MDM) served to the students of primary and upper primary grades in government schools was one of the ways envisaged by the UN World Food Programme, supported by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, as a pilot project in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. As an Evaluation Partner, CMS Social team conducted both baseline (2018) and endline (2020) evaluations, using mixed methods approach. Along with analyzing the change in key behavior indicators due to the programme intervention, the evaluation looked in to Standard of Living Index (SLI); Food Consumption Score (FCS); Operational feasibility and Cost estimation for scaling-up this pilot project of MDM fortification to all districts of Uttar Pradesh. [access at]