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Savanna Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 1(1):104 - 110
Challenges of Child Nutrition: An Analysis of School Feeding Programmes (SFP) in South Eastern Nigeria
Ozioma C. Azubuike and Patricia E. Mbah

ABSTRACT
This work seeks to assess the challenges of school feeding programmes in Southeastern Nigeria with reference to Anambra State. A multi stage cluster sampling technique was used to select 15 public primary schools from 15 different local government areas in Anambra State. A systematic random sampling technique was used to select the 316 children from the schools register. A convenience sampling technique was used to select 50 teachers and 30 caterers. SPSS (Version 21) was used for the analysis.Descriptive statistics (frequency and percentage, Mean and standard deviation) and chi-square tests were obtained. Results show that 84.0% of the teachers graded the school feeding program average.Majority (70.9%) of the children skipped meals.Many (36.7%) of the caterers reported inadequate supply of food stuffs as a major challenge to the effectiveness of school feeding program while 23.3% reported regular hike in food prices and inadequate storage facility as the major challenge to the effectiveness of school feeding program. Majority (94.0%) of them agreed that school farm could contribute to school feeding program.This study recommends government’s urgent investment in school farms as this will also enhance learning while also providing produce which could be channeled to the school feeding program thereby ensuring sustainability.