Cash for Assets: A Welcome Relief in Drought Stricken Areas of Lesotho
In 2012, the Government of Lesotho called a State of Emergency due to the unrelenting drought affecting many regions of the country. The World Food Programme along with the international donor community (European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), and the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID)) responded with a Cash for Assets programme in the regions worst affected by food insecurity and malnutrition.
The Cash for Assets programme was designed to overcome environmental degradation by working with communities to construct or rehabilitate structures such as silt traps and rock walls. These assets help to divert heavy flowing rain water away from farm land. By diverting the water into collection areas, rather than causing damage, the rain water can instead be used for irrigation.
The programme, which targets the most vulnerable, aims to reach some 145,000 people in Lesotho.