WFP's Cash for Assets programme has been designed to assist people affected by climate change. With support from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and the United Kingdom Government (DFID), the programme provides a source of income in exchange for the creation of community assets which help prevent drought and flooding - both of which have been recurring in recent years.
Only 10% of Lesotho's land is fit for farming, and each year another one percent is lost to the effects of climate change and erosion. This causes widespread hunger and malnutrition. WFP is assisting communities in building rock walls (as seen above) which slow down fast moving water, reducing soil erosion.
The Cash for Assets programme is highly successful due to the participation of all community members, from those in local government to local farmers. Through this programme WFP aims to reach 145,000 people in Lesotho who are struggling with severe food insecurity and hunger.
The Cash for Assets programme assists people who are particularly vulnerable to hunger and food insecurity...people like brother and sister Qhelane and Thabiso who tried their best to grow food this year. Due to drought, however, their four-acre garden only yielded 20 litres of maize meal, just enough to feed them for two weeks.
Each morning, Paile Semoko woke up worried about how she would provide for her two orphaned granddaughters. Without money to buy vegetable seeds for her garden and no support from her family, she decided to ask to join the Cash for Assets programme in her village. Result - the cupboard in her house in no longer bare.