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Insurance Against Poverty$
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Stefan Dercon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199276838.001.0001

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Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?

Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?

(p.361) 16 Can Food-for-Work Programmes Reduce Vulnerability?
Insurance Against Poverty

Christopher B. Barrett

Stein Holden

Daniel C. Clay

Oxford University Press

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

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