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WFP builds resilience among the world’s most vulnerable people, who are often at the mercy of powers beyond their control.

With Food for Assets, WFP provides lifesaving food in exchange for work on community assets like roads, dams and irrigation systems. The community-centered approach has extra benefits like promoting nutrition, gender equality and social protection.

Food for Assets benefits rural farmers and urban dwellers alike

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Photo: WFP/Guido Dingemans

Mozambique

Women farmers in Mozambique tend to their cassava crops as part of a seed multiplication project. The project was implemented to build their harvest's resilience to climate change.

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Photo: WFP USA/D. Johnson for HUMAN

Bangladesh

Villagers in Bangladesh build and raise an embankment to protect their land and homes from intense monsoon floods. The participants receive food and cash assistance from WFP in return for their work.

You can help people build resilience by equipping them with tools they need to be successful and self-reliant, year after year.

 

Drivable roads facilitate commerce and strengthen local livelihoods. Clean water and sanitation systems cut rates of disease and allow people to safely prepare meals. Harvesting rainwater, terracing crops, and other sustainable practices reduce the negative impact of future natural disasters. Together, this work helps people build resilience and reduces the likelihood they’ll need humanitarian assistance if catastrophe strikes again.

Food for Assets will be more essential than ever in the years to come as climate change intensifies the effects of natural disasters.

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