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Improving nutrition through cash-based interventions










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    Nutrition and cash-based interventions
    Technical guidance to improve nutrition through cash-based interventions
    2020
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    This guidance note is designed to assist professionals involve in implementing cash-based interventions (CBIs) that maximize nutrition outcomes, either in humanitarian contexts or embedded within social-protection policies. It can be used by professionals involved in designing and implementing CBIs or related activities to help them integrate nutrition outcomes in their work, and also by those involved in developing nutritional policies and strategies. It presents a brief background to the topic of CBIs, the theoretical framework that supports the linkages between CBIs and nutrition outcomes, a summary of the evidence on the topic, and a practical, step-by-step approach to integrating nutrition into CBIs.
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    Improving food security and nutrition through cash+ in Armenia
    Combining cash transfers, productive assets and inputs distribution with agricultural and nutrition trainings for vulnerable rural households in Lori and Shirak regions
    2024
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    Armenia is a landlocked, upper-middle-income country with a population of three million people and a net importer of food. It is vulnerable to natural hazards, including floods and drought, which negatively impact the country's food security and nutrition, together with external shocks like global food price fluctuations. This promising practice documents an integrated nutrition-sensitive cash+ approach piloted by FAO in the Gyulagarak community in the Lori region, and in the Marmashen community in the Shirak region. The intervention was part of the project “Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia,” which started in 2016 and ended in 2021. The objective of this intervention was to support the economic inclusion of poor rural households and improve their food security and nutrition. To do so, the intervention leveraged the national social protection system by targeting beneficiaries of the government-run family benefits scheme. FAO complemented the cash transfers provided by the government programme with packages of agricultural inputs and training on agriculture, nutrition and financial literacy. This promising practice offers an example of the effectiveness of cash+ interventions in strengthening resilience, nutrition and food security. The main innovative element of this pilot was in fact the combination of social assistance and productive assistance for small-scale agriculture. The results offer a solid evidence base to advocate in Armenia and elsewhere for combining national social protection programmes with productive inputs for small-scale food producers.
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    Cash-based transfers
    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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