An innovative response to food crises

An innovative response to food crises

11 January 2008

A new report has been produced that looks at Concern's Emergency Cash Transfer project in Malawi.

This programme provides cash as an alternative to food aid. Concern Malawi designed and implemented the Dowa Emergency Cash Transfers project in response to a localised food and livelihoods crisis in Dowa District in central Malawi.

Rather than giving food aid, Concern provided cash payments which varied according to household size and were also linked to the price of maize. This ensured that families' ability to buy food was maintained even when prices rose. Giving cash rather then food empowers benificiarys to make choices on how to manage their lives and livelihoods.

Concern also found that injecting cash at the grassroots level can generate a significant multiplier effect that benefits the whole community and the local economy.

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An innovative response to food crises

A new report has been produced that looks at Concern's Emergency Cash Transfer project in Malawi. This programme provides cash as an alternative to food aid.