Through Food for Assets (FFA) WFP provides food rations to support self-help initiatives that restore infrastructure and the natural environment, as well as create new assets. The improvements enable communities to recover from past shocks, such as drought, and will increase their ability to cope more effectively during disaster without having to resort to harmful strategies such as selling assets and livestock. Activities can include creating or repairing water catchments, dams, shallow wells, feeder roads to markets, irrigation canals and using soil and water conservation measures to fight soil erosion and restore degraded land. WFP’s interventions are tailored to local livelihood systems and specific activities are selected by each community according to their own needs.
FFA projects are sometimes implemented in times of emergency as short-term relief activities, known as Food for Work. They may include repairs to community feeder roads, de-silting of water catchments, collection of rubbish and clearing of invasive species.
Food for Training (FFT) is a component of Food for Assets that targets primarily urban populations, especially women. WFP provides food rations as incentives for community members to participate in training that teaches practical vocational skills, such as literacy or tailoring.
The rations provided under Food for Work, Assets and Training are household rations, intended for the workers or trainees to share with their families.