When relief and development programmes meet: a case-study from the Lesotho Red Cross

The authors describe how late rainfall, and the subsequent drought-recovery Food-For-Work (FFW) programme, undermined a long-term environment-protection project in Lesotho, South Africa. They argue emergency relief should be coordinated to complement disaster-prevention and capacity-building programmes - the FFW programme set a precedent for `payment' for essential conservation work - and the authors discuss how food distribution can be done as `developmentally as possible'.