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    Thousands register for food for work programme in Mwenezi



    SYDNEY MUBAIWA
    MWENEZI BUREAU

    MWENEZI
    - Thousands of people in Mwenezi have registered to join the food- for-work programme which was introduced by Government following poor harvests in most parts of the district.
    The Government introduced the food-for-work programme following poor harvests caused by El Nino induced drought witnessed throughout the country.
    Mwenezi District Administrator Rosemary Chingwe confirmed the development and said it was the Government's program to reduce the effects of drought in the district.
    "We have already started the food –for-work program in Mwenezi, which is one of the most affected in terms of food shortages and we have registered thousands of people to receive cash or food every month under the programme," she said.
    Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Program together with Mwenezi District Development  Training Centre  is also set to expand its resilience building  activities through the cash or food  for asserts program for  2016.
    The program seeks to empower vulnerable community members to start building a hunger free future for their communities.
    Under the program, community members are given cash or food in exchange for work on infrastructure that will increase the food security of households in the district.
    Each month, able bodied people receive food rations or cash transfers to buy food from local markets to cushion them while they work on community projects that promote self –reliance, reduce disaster risks as well as support climate change and food access.
    Ward 17 councilor Ben Mataka of Mataga village commended the programme as a first step towards poverty eradication in the district.
     "Vulnerable communities are now able to access food   through such programs like the food –for-work, I would like to applaud the Government and the World Food Program for this initiative", he said.
    The projects which are done include creation or rehabilitation of irrigation schemes , dams, community dip tanks and gardens , water harvesting, road and bridge repairs.
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