Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions
Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya
Vouchers instead of food
World Food Program, COVID-19, Food systems, Billian Music Family, Nairobi, Community Health Volunteers, Informal food economy, Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals, Dr Michael Hauser
Markets Institutions and Policies
Innovation systems for the Drylands
The food voucher system currently developing in Mathare is innovative and builds on experiences elsewhere. The WFP (World Food Program) in neighboring Somalia, for example, maintains cash-based food support to internally displaced people and urban poor. Just this year, in cooperation with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets, ICRISAT started complimentary research with WFP‘s work in Mogadishu to better understand the effects of cash-based transfers on livelihood trajectories of recipients. There is a growing academic literature on cash- and voucher-based food transfers in emergencies.