Food for Assets
21 May 2014

The report synthesizes the main findings from evaluations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nepal, Senegal and Uganda that assessed the impact of WFP's food for assets activities and identified lessons on how to improve FFA for livelihood resilience.  The evaluations found that WFP provided important food and employment to people in underserved communities during periods of conflict and natural disaster and built useful assets in the process.  Overall impacts were seen in many areas related to resilience including livelihoods, income-generating opportunities, land productivity and social cohesion.  Improvements in longer term food security were limited. Impacts on women were significant.  The report recommends that food for assets activities be brought into line with current policy and guidance; adequate funding be secured corporately at least for the transition; strategic planning in country offices position food for assets as a resilience and disaster risk reduction measure; WFP strengthen its efforts to provide guidance and support to regional bureau and country offices; two studies be undertaken on food security and gender dynamics; and monitoring systems be revised for better outcome monitoring. 

Cash and Vouchers, Capacity Development, Climate Change, Emergencies, Floods, Focus on Women, Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, NGOs, Nutrition, School Meals
25 November 2013

Throughout 2012 and 2013, WFP continued to engage in dialogue, evidence creation, food security and nutrition programmes, and capacity support to the Government of Bangladesh to help the poorest of the poor in improving their household food security and children’s nutrition. This report outlines the programmes and activities supported by WFP in Bangladesh, and the impact they have had on the people and communities assisted.

Livelihoods, Food for Assets
1 July 2013

This evaluation was one in a series that assessed the outcomes and impacts of WFP's food-for-assets programming on livelihoods resilience. The evaluation emphasized learning by identifying lessons for enhancing the impacts on resilience and aligning food-for-assets programming with WFP's recently adopted 2011 Food for Assets Guidance Manual and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy. The evaluation covered the food/cash for assets component of WFP Bangladesh Country Programme from 2007-2010, under which participants received a support package for two years, including food and cash for labor and training. The evaluation used a mixed method approach that included household surveys, asset assessments, focus groups, and interviews.

The evaluation found that WFP Bangladesh achieved significant positive impacts on the biophysical environment, in agriculture production, incomes and household assets, savings and women's empowerment. Evidence on long term food security and coping strategies were inconclusive. Assets were well targeted to reduce disaster risk and participation by the poorest. The evaluation recommended that WFP continue to support these activities, and made three other recommendations related to network management, asset maintenance and monitoring systems.


Food for Assets, School Meals
16 November 2012

The World Food Programme works with governments across Asia to design and manage large-scale, innovative programmes, focused on those who need them most. These programmes are often called ‘safety nets’ – projects designed to protect the most vulnerable at critical times, and so allow them to make the most of each new opportunity to improve their lives.

Climate Change, Floods, Focus on Women, Food for Assets
26 September 2012

Bangladesh is one of the most at-risk countries to climate change and natural disasters. The poor are the hardest hit. The ER programme offers cash and food for work and training to women and men in vulnerable communities for the planning and building of community assets such as embankments, roads, and canals.