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Where A Voucher Means Food

The World Food Programme has begun its first food voucher programme in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) to assist more than 100,000 people affected by conflict

Story by World Food Programme March 25th, 2015

An InnOVATIVE WAY TO DELIVER FOOD ASSISTANCE

Thanks to contributions from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, WFP has been able to launch the first voucher programme in Yaloké – a small village in the west of C.A.R – home to over 500 displaced persons and Muslim herders. Ongoing conflict and widespread looting has led to severe loss of livelihoods, WFP has been providing food to those affected for more than one year.

Launch of the first-ever voucher programme in Yaloke, a small village in West C.A.R.

TO STRENGHTEN LOCAL ECONOMIES

People queue with their ID cards to receive their vouchers worth 10 dollars from WFP. Each household can then use this money to purchase food from local traders and markets.

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PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH A SENSE OF FREEDOM

Food vouchers afford people a greater sense of freedom - those who have been displaced can choose preferred local foods, giving them a greater sense of normality and dignity.

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Recipients cook and eat ‘Ngozo’ - a local delicacy made from cassava flour, which has been purchased with WFP vouchers.

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Footnote: Photos and text by Daouda Girou
Central African Republic