Food for Peace (FFP) helps communities build resilience to prevent or mitigate shocks, and provides them with the tools to recover and build the foundation for long-term development. Asset creation activities are the foundation for recovery and resilience-building efforts. Through these programs, communities usually receive food or cash assistance in exchange for working to construct lasting assets for their communities, such as irrigation schemes, water catchment systems and feeder roads. This creative approach assists vulnerable people in times of crisis while simultaneously supporting communities’ efforts to build resilience for a more prosperous future for many generations to come. Asset creation is also a common intervention in FFP’s development programs.
This Lessons from the Field report highlights nine common lessons learned that can help inform the design, implementation and monitoring of asset-creation activities. While not a formal guide, FFP activity implementers, technical evaluation committees reviewing proposals as well as FFP and partner program monitors can benefit from the information contained in this report. FFP staff captured these lessons during monitoring and assessment visits in Southern and Eastern Africa and the Horn from 2011 through 2016, and gathered them from both FFP multi-year Development Food Assistance Programs (DFAPs) and emergency food assistance programs.
While this report contains useful information, it does not constitute official FFP guidance.