Publications
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. 

Food for Assets
17 December 2012

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 identified lessons and changes 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 Guatemala Country Programme 10092 (2003-2005) and the Guatemala component of the Regional Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation 10444 (2007-2010).  Participants were supported with food during the lean season complemented by training.

The evaluation used a theory-based mixed method approach that included household surveys, asset assessments, focus groups, and interviews.  The evaluation found that WFP Guatemala achieved impacts in short term food security, livelihoods and biophysical condition of the land base.  There were no significant improvements in food consumption score or dietary diversity. The evaluation recommended that WFP reframe its FFA programming to address disaster risk reduction and response, concentrate its efforts, improve the framework for addressing gender issues and develop a more robust monitoring and evaluation system.

 

Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, School Meals
3 June 2011

This is the first in a series of four strategic evaluations related to the transition from food aid to food assistance.  The evaluation analyzed WFP’s role in social protection and safety nets, which are increasingly seen as important mechanisms for promoting development.  The evaluation found that WFP is already contributing to social protection and safety nets, especially for some activities.  However, institutionalizing these approaches more broadly within WFP will require changes in WFP’s operations and efforts to build organizational and staff capacity.

Food for Assets, General Food Distribution, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, School Meals
15 December 2010

This is the first in a series of four strategic evaluations related to the transition from food aid to food assistance.  The evaluation analyzed WFP’s role in social protection and safety nets, which are increasingly seen as important mechanisms for promoting development.  The evaluation found that WFP is already contributing to social protection and safety nets, especially for some activities.  However, institutionalizing these approaches more broadly within WFP will require changes in WFP’s operations and efforts to build organizational and staff capacity.