Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?

Christopher B. Barrett, Stein Holden and Daniel C. Clay

in Insurance Against Poverty

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276837
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601620 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?

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This chapter examines the efficacy of food-for-work (FFW) programmes, drawing on empirical evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. FFW programmes perform effectively under a set of conditions: when these are carefully planned and implemented, when they provide short-term insurance against shocks, and when private market demand for labour fails to provide a vent for surplus labour released by those who suffer shocks. FFW is also effective in reaching vulnerable persons in areas with low rates of chronic illness or injury.

Keywords: food-for-work programmes; Sub-Saharan Africa; programme efficacy; vulnerability; programme management

Chapter.  12546 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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