Satellite-based asset monitoring system (AIMs) seeks to enhance WFP’s ability to monitor the impact of Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programme on local communities and improve information for decision making.

WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programmes are a key tool for providing food assistance to the most food insecure and vulnerable people. Through in-kind or cash-based transfers, FFA can provide immediate benefits to food insecure people whilst helping disaster-struck communities build or restore assets that reduce risks from shocks, strengthen resilience to natural disasters, and contribute to long-term livelihood and environmental benefits. In 2015, FFA was implemented in 52 countries, supporting over 10 million people.

Over the past year in South Sudan, WFP assisted more than 350,000 beneficiaries through FFA activities such as building water ponds and shallow wells, building or repairing small scale feeder roads and bridges, flood control dykes and providing trainings. Although Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems are already in place for FFA, focusing on food security indicators and the creation of feeder roads, there is no systematic way of monitoring the long-term impact of these activities due to lack of funding or lack of physical access due to security or other reasons.

AIMs will provide valuable information on outputs and outcomes, and support existing M&E systems through satellite imagery and a focus on physical and natural changes. This will allow WFP programme officers to monitor interventions better, enhance efficiency and inform on progress made towards the expected changes on the ground. Decision-makers will be able to use this information to better measure the impact of FFA and feeder roads projects.

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