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    Guidelines for Public Works programmes: cash-, voucher- and food-for-work
    Version 1
    2013
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) manages public works programmes to provide transfers to vulnerable, food-insecure and/or crisis-affected households in return for the provision of labour (particularly through labour-intensive construction and rehabilitation projects). The two main objectives of public works programmes are to: (i) provide income opportunities and increase consumption of goods; and (ii) build or repair assets and infrastructure that are v ital for sustaining the livelihoods of a community. FAO manages three types of public works programmes: cash-for–work (CFW), voucher-for-work (VFW) and food-for-work (FFW). These programmes can address both short-term and chronic poverty and improve the asset base, thus helping to alleviate poverty in the medium and long terms. The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide FAO staff with a framework for the design and implementation of public works programmes that respond to a wide ran ge of needs.
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    FAO and Cash+ - How to maximize the impacts of cash transfers
    Webinar report - 24 October 2018 - Questions and answers
    2019
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    Poor rural households often depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and face a series of constraints in terms of their equitable access to productive resources, finance, markets and services – which trap them into poverty. They are also disproportionately affected by shocks and crises. Evidence shows that agriculture and social protection can jointly optimize their impacts in combating hunger and poverty. To promote those synergies, FAO works, in both stable and fragile/protracted crisis contexts, to improve the welfare of poor households and the resilience of their livelihoods in rural areas. FAO has developed a specific intervention in both humanitarian and development settings: Cash+, which combines cash transfers with productive assets, inputs, and/or technical training and activities to enhance the livelihoods and productive capacities of poor and vulnerable households. The cash component enables beneficiary households to address their immediate basic needs, including for food, while the ‘plus’ component supports investment in household production, helping to protect, restore and develop livelihoods. Recent experience and research showed that this approach can significantly improve agricultural production, income, asset ownership, economic empowerment, dietary diversity and food security, while reducing beneficiaries’ resort to negative coping mechanisms in response to shocks. FAO is supporting the design and implementation (by Governments as well as by FAO country offices) of Cash+ interventions in several countries, following a normative, evidence-based and context-specific approach, to ensure greater impacts on beneficiaries. While different type of Cash+ interventions exist, different entry points to promote Cash+ at country level are used, depending on the existence and maturity of national social protection schemes, the level of coordination and involvement of the Ministry of Agriculture, the livelihoods context, the objectives of the programme, among others.
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    Support to vulnerable farmers through agricultural inputs/kits, capacity building and cash-for-work schemes to revitalize food production, livelihoods and income in the rural areas of Diyala 2020
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    This fact sheet provides a detailed description of the intended support to rural livelihoods and food production under FAO Iraq OCHA funded project "Support to vulnerable farmers through agricultural inputs/kits, capacity building and cash for work schemes to revitalize food production, livelihoods, and income in the rural areas of Diyala Governorate". This project provides support to the improvement of farmer’s skills and knowledge in addition to the rehabilitation of communal assets and infrastructure. Affected households are now protected and provided with much needed stabilized livelihoods against future effects of risks and crisis. The access to essential livelihood needs required for survival was also provided through adequate and appropriate nutritious food that provides rural households in Diyala governorate with the means to sustainably revitalize their lives.

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