June 2003
New York Amsterdam News;6/19/2003, Vol. 94 Issue 25, p2
Thousands of drought-affected Ethiopian farmers are being paid $4 per month for working on development projects in an effort to combat a food crisis in various parts of the country, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. Some 48,000 people are receiving the monthly payments from the Ethiopian Red Cross Society in return for helping with development work such as soil and water conservation. Farmers are also being employed to carry out construction and repair of roads and footpaths, the federation said. The cash-for-work scheme — which replaces food handouts for work — aims to boost local markets and create demand for goods. The Ethiopian Red Cross Society is the first in Africa to launch such a scheme, which the federation hopes to expand to other societies on the continent. Getachew Ta'a, secretary-general of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, said cash could eventually break the cycle of dependency.


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