An assessment of cash-for-assets program in poverty alleviation and food security: the case of Ward 16 in Chivi District
Chikutire, Hellen K.
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This study is based on fieldwork conducted in Ward 16 of Chivi District in Masvingo. The area is characterized by undependable rainfall, poor soils, very high land degradation, high rates of poverty and malnutrition. The characteristics of the area have led to the influx of humanitarian aid organizations which come with the intention of alleviating poverty and ensuring food security therefore the study was done to assess the role of Cash- For- Assets (CFA Program) in poverty alleviation and food security. The investigation made use of the qualitative research methodology in which unstructured interviews, observation, key informant interviews and focus group discussions were the main data collection instruments. Purposive sampling was employed to select the sample size and analysis was done using SPSS and excel. The study established that the CFA program played a pivotal role in curbing food insecurity and poverty in the area through issues like employment creation, provision of safety nets as well as building of long term community assets which had favorable results in the households. Although to a greater degree, the program was viewed as fundamental, it also appeared that it was to some extent surrounded by some challenges which perforated its success. The study recommends the CFA should adhere to its agreements of giving money in time and also adjust its selection criterion.