Members of “Debasseu", a women's group in western Côte d'Ivoire, work on a WFP Food for Assets project.  WFP/Marie Josiane Ogou

Côte d’Ivoire: Food For Assets Project Empowers Women’s Group

A women’s group in western Côte d’Ivoire is participating in a WFP Food for Assets gardening project that is empowering its members and providing nutritious foods for their households.

Overview

As a consequence of the complex socio-political crisis that started in September 2002, Côte d'Ivoire has been experiencing a period of extended instability. The long-awaited November 2010 presidential elections intended to unify Côte d’Ivoire were deeply contested and resulted in political turmoil, causing violence and mass population displacement. An estimated 500,000 to 700,000 people were temporarily displaced within the country and in neighbouring countries, and the whole country felt the impact of the economic and political instability. The western region has been the worst affected with the highest levels of violence sparked from the clashing of the two military forces, causing displacement and the destruction of public and private assets.

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