Angola - Advocacy/programme design
The government envisioned and piloted the new Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme. PLUS created an optimal base menu thus allowing the estimation of a budget for piloting and future scale-up, ensuring a balance between programme costs, menu quality, and sourcing.
Bhutan - Local food systems
PLUS helps quantify the monthly requirement of vegetables, fruits, and livestock products in schools. It enhances sourcing from smallholder farmers by 60 percent. PLUS creates advance demand for farmers for up to a year which helps farmers in production planning. The tool has facilitated a 15 percent reduction in cost reduction. It provides a menu that provides milk to students at least once a week. Additionally, PLUS triggered the piloting of new crops in the communities, such as Asparagus, Kale, and Kiwi.
Mozambique – Nutrition
Nutritional content in the previous menu was below standards—an increased budget allowed for a more nutritious menu. PLUS calculations increased the nutritional value of school menus by 50 percent.
The Dominican Republic - Menu design management
The Dominican Republic has a well-established School Feeding programme with a long list of menus. PLUS reduced processing time for adjustments and nutritional calculations by 86 per cent.
Sri Lanka - Cost reduction/increased coverage
In the context of a deep budgetary crisis and a country default, national expenditure was severely affected, threatening the continuity of Government programmes, including school meals. New menus were developed, reducing costs by 14 per cent and similar nutritional value. Thanks to this menu, it is estimated that the programme could keep 250,000 children who would have otherwise been excluded.