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Vouchers instead of food 

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Resource ID

18446

Access

Open

Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions

Systems

Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya

Global Date

20/Apr/2020

Title

Vouchers instead of food

Keywords

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

Language

English

Size of PDF

245 kB

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

https://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/vouchers-instead-food

Publishing Location

Global

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://reliefweb.int/report/kenya/vouchers-instead-food

Description

COVID-19: How citizen-led social protection could help to cushion food systems in informal settlements. One week ago, private food deliveries by Kenyan citizens were pouring into informal settlements in Nairobi, where 60-70% of residents live. These donations were intended to help provide for households that had lost income due to COVID-19 measures. But Billian Ojiwa, founder of the Billian Music Family, and his colleagues in Mathare wanted to test an alternative means to secure food for these households. They provided vouchers — first on paper, then via SMS — to be redeemed by 100 test households at three designated local food shops. This first round of ‘proof of concept’ research — a version of citizen science — looks promising.

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

20/Apr/2020

CGIAR Research Program

GLDC

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