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Work Norms and Wage Rate Consultancy in Bangladesh

This study was jointly commissioned by World Food Programme, CARE, and EU Integrated Food Assisted Development Programme (IFADEP).  The problem for these programmes, each with their own use of "food for work" was the "food wage level".  What should it be if, on the one hand, the poorest of the poor were to be attracted to the work, and on the other hand, certain standards as to amount of wages to be paid in kind were to be respected?

The study, undertaken by David Tajgman and Mike Shone, found that valuation of infrastructure works in food quantities, rather than monetary values, was the root of the problem.  Valuation in food quantities ignored the fluctuating monetary value of food, although it guarenteed the sum of worker hours available to the project at a given food wage.  To ensure targetting characteristics of food wages, national infrastructure projects should be valued in monetary terms, and not food quantities

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