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Cash and voucher assistance

Providing live-saving assistance to enable vulnerable families to cope with crises or shocks and promoting resilient agricultural livelihoods for the future








FAO. 2023. Cash and voucher assistance. Providing live-saving assistance to enable vulnerable families to cope with crises or shocks and promoting resilient agricultural livelihoods for the future. Rome



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    Increasing the resilience of agricultural livelihoods
    2018
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    Cash and vouchers play a critical role in FAO’s response to shocks and crises when farmers, pastoralists and fishers can no longer buy food or the productive inputs they need because their assets have been damaged or depleted. FAO’s cash-based transfers provide immediate relief to farmers, and contribute to strengthen the resilience of their livelihoods to future shocks (e.g. drought, poor production, etc.), increasing agricultural production, improving food security and nutrition, and reducing rural poverty. They support the transition from humanitarian assistance to development, including through enhanced linkages with social protection systems that can be leveraged to respond to shocks and crises. FAO is committed to using cash and vouchers as its preferred method of assistance, including in emergencies, as they allow recipients to choose for themselves, enabling farmers to purchase the goods and services they need most in local markets.
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    Brochure, flyer, fact-sheet
    Cash and Voucher Programmes 2016
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    Cash and voucher programmes such as cash-for-work, voucher schemes, input trade fairs and unconditional cash transfers enable people to identify for themselves what their most pressing needs are and decide which goods and services they wish to purchase in local markets. FAO cash transfer interventions provide relief to farmers while also helping them to protect their livelihoods from future shocks (e.g. drought, illness, poor production), overcome cash shortages and improve their food security a nd nutrition.
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    Evaluating the impacts of cash and complementary agricultural support interventions in fragile settings
    The case of Somalia
    2022
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    This study examines the FAO cash plus agriculture program in Somalia. This multi-faceted intervention provides agricultural inputs, training and cash transfers to vulnerable agro-pastoralist households living in districts and villages that experienced severe weather shocks. We exploit variations in the implementation of this program to assess the effect of receiving inputs only and inputs plus cash on a range of protective and productive outcomes. Specifically, we make use of household survey data collected in 2019 and apply a quasi-experimental Inverse Probability Weighted Regression Analysis (IPWRA) matching approach to estimate the impact of the two different interventions on food security, assets, adoption of inputs and adoption of agricultural practices. We find positive and significant impacts on a number of productive outcomes and some difference between the two treatments: while inputs seem to increase asset wealth, cash plus reduces food insecurity and higher levels of income diversification, suggesting that the cash component facilitates investments in livelihoods diversification. Moreover, we find evidence of heterogeneous impacts under conditions of weather shocks, and between socio-economic segments of the population.

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