What is FFA?
The most foodinsecure people often live in fragile and degraded landscapes and areas prone to recurrent natural shocks and other risks.
Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) is one of WFP's initiatives aimed at addressing the most foodinsecure people's immediate food needs with cash, voucher or food transfers while also helping improve their longterm food security and resilience.
The concept is simple: people receive cash or foodbased transfers to address their immediate food needs, while they build or boost assets, such as constructing a road or rehabilitating degraded land, that will improve their livelihoods by creating healthier natural environments, reducing risks and impact of shocks, increasing food productivity, and strengthening resilience to natural disasters.
FFA Types of Activities
Development and management of natural resources;
Restoring agricultural, pastoral, and fisheries potential;
Community access to markets, social services and infrastructure (schools, granaries, etc.);
Skills development trainings related to the creation, management and maintenance of assets. In each community, WFP aims to integrate multiple types of FFA activities with Government strategies and other WFP and partners' interventions (including UN partners such as FAO and IFAD) to reinforce each other's impact.
2018 achievements in the region
In 2018, more than 1.7 million people directly benefited from FFA programmes in 10 countries. Key 2018 achievements include:
2,100 hectares of land rehabilitated;
1,000 water ponds, shallow wells, and fish ponds built;
4,100 kilometres of feeder roads constructed or repaired;
1,400 hectares of forest planted;
5,200 social or community infrastructure assets constructed or rebuilt.
Source: World Food Programme