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Social Protection Webinar II - FAO and Cash+: How to maximize the impacts of cash transfers

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    FAO and Cash+ - How to maximize the impacts of cash transfers
    Webinar report - 24 October 2018 - Questions and answers
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    Poor rural households often depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and face a series of constraints in terms of their equitable access to productive resources, finance, markets and services – which trap them into poverty. They are also disproportionately affected by shocks and crises. Evidence shows that agriculture and social protection can jointly optimize their impacts in combating hunger and poverty. To promote those synergies, FAO works, in both stable and fragile/protracted crisis contexts, to improve the welfare of poor households and the resilience of their livelihoods in rural areas. FAO has developed a specific intervention in both humanitarian and development settings: Cash+, which combines cash transfers with productive assets, inputs, and/or technical training and activities to enhance the livelihoods and productive capacities of poor and vulnerable households. The cash component enables beneficiary households to address their immediate basic needs, including for food, while the ‘plus’ component supports investment in household production, helping to protect, restore and develop livelihoods. Recent experience and research showed that this approach can significantly improve agricultural production, income, asset ownership, economic empowerment, dietary diversity and food security, while reducing beneficiaries’ resort to negative coping mechanisms in response to shocks. FAO is supporting the design and implementation (by Governments as well as by FAO country offices) of Cash+ interventions in several countries, following a normative, evidence-based and context-specific approach, to ensure greater impacts on beneficiaries. While different type of Cash+ interventions exist, different entry points to promote Cash+ at country level are used, depending on the existence and maturity of national social protection schemes, the level of coordination and involvement of the Ministry of Agriculture, the livelihoods context, the objectives of the programme, among others.
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    Cash+ How to Maximize the Impact of Cash Transfers 2018
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    This poster was developed for the International Conference on Social Protection in Contexts of Fragility and Forced Displacement, organized with the EU, UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP. http://sp-fragility-displacement.onetec.eu/index.asp?type= The objective was to showcase FAO's Cash+ approach which consists in “combining cash transfers with productive assets, activities, inputs, and/or technical training and extension services” to boost the livelihoods and productive capacities of poor and vulnerable households. These interventions can strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households’ livelihoods and increase food production while enhancing the economic impact of social protection and help families meet their immediate food requirements. CASH+ is a tool that can be used for quick impact humanitarian response interventions, recovery and resilience programming as well as part of longer term social protection programmes. Main highlights includes experiences from Lesotho and Somalia.
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    FAO and Cash+: How to maximize the impacts of cash transfers 2018
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    FAO promotes the use and scale up of Cash+ as a tool for emergency response, strengthening resilience and reducing rural poverty. The Cash+ model supports the enhancement of vibrant and diversified livelihoods, providing an important safety net against shocks and stresses for poor and vulnerable rural households. As such, the model has great transformative potential. Cash+ is a tool for quick-impact humanitarian response and recovery as well as serving as a component of long-term social protection and resilience programmes. FAO’s work on Cash+ is based on field experience and research, which show the potential of this tool to sustainably enhance the economic and social impacts of cash transfers when combined with productive support and/or technical training.

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