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FAO Cash-based transfers overview

Jun 2018
The designations employed and the presentation of material in the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers.

FAO’s cash-based transfers support smallholder farmers and other vulnerable men and women, who are particularly exposed to the impacts of climate change, natural hazards, economic shocks, conflict and protracted crises. FAO implements a broad variety of cash-based interventions based on the specific objective and context:

  • Cash transfers: conditional or unconditional cash transfers provide poor and vulnerable households with the resources required to maintain a minimum standard of living, address their basic needs and invest in productive activities.
  • Cash+: the provision of cash transfers to beneficiaries is complemented with productive inputs (e.g. seeds, livestock feed, fishing materials), assets (e.g., tools, animals), activities (e.g. home gardens) and/or technical training.
  • Cash for work: beneficiaries are paid in exchange for completion of specific works or activities, including rehabilitation of degraded lands through reforestation, soil and water conservation activities as well as construction and repair of community infrastructures, such as irrigation canals, water catchments and rural roads.
  • Voucher programmes: beneficiaries receive vouchers that can be redeemed for goods and services (e.g. seeds, fertilizers, tools, animal feed, veterinary supplies and services) at selected shops.
  • Input trade fairs: temporary one-day markets where farmers and pastoralists can purchase agricultural inputs and services through the exchange of vouchers.

FAO’s cash-based programmes are implemented to support vulnerable populations, only in cases where (i) local markets are functioning and are physically accessible to both men and women, (ii) basic goods and services are locally available, and (iii) risk of inflation is limited.

Author: Reporting Unit