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Cash Transfers and food security: FAO trains its staff and partners in Burkina Faso

Cash Transfers and food security: FAO trains its staff and partners in Burkina Faso

09/06/2017

In response to the recurring shocks that often result in food and nutritional crises, cash transfer are becoming a key feature of FAO’s early recovery operations, as they can contribute significantly and rapidly to strengthening the food and nutritional security of vulnerable populations.

In this context, and in order to maximize the financial component of the project entitled "Reducing the vulnerability of agricultural livelihoods - the Caisses de Résilience approach in the Sahel", the FAO Representation in Burkina Faso organized a training on cash transfer programmes for its staff and project partners in April 2017 in Ouagadougou.

At the opening ceremony, Boubacar KONDE, Assistant to the FAO Representative, in charge of Administration, highlighted in his speech the increasing role played by cash transfers in the humanitarian and social protection sectors, to support populations affected by disasters. While preserving their human dignity, cash transfers can help vulnerable families get access to quality agricultural inputs, to a decent shelter, and help them rebuild or protect their livelihoods.

The two trainers, coming from the FAO Sub-Regional Team for Resilience in West Africa/Sahel (REOWA) and the FAO Regional Office for Africa (RAF), conducted training sessions on a wide range of themes, including on FAO guidelines on cash transfers, the linkages with gender and social protection, and Agro-Pastoral Field Schools (APFS) and Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs).

In the coming months, the participants will have the opportunity to put these concepts into practice through the Cash+ and Cash for Work (CFW) components of the above-mentioned project, which will benefit 2 500 vulnerable households in Burkina Faso.
These cash transfer modalities are an essential part of the FAO "Caisses de résilience" project, implemented by FAO in Burkina Faso and Mali. Thanks to the assistance received, vulnerable agro-pastoralist beneficiaries will be able to diversify and accumulate productive assets and increase their knowledge in order to improve their livelihoods and enhance their resilience to shocks.

Caisses de Résilience” is an innovative community-centered approach which encompasses three dimensions: a technical dimension (i.e. sustainable agricultural practices), an economic/financial dimension (i.e. access to credit) and a social dimension (i.e. strengthening social cohesion through the creation of Village Savings and Loans Associations –VSLAs- in Agro-pastoral field schools - APSF). The approach is innovative as the support involves these three simultaneous and complementary dimensions, thereby producing a broader range of opportunities for the beneficiaries as well as strengthening their preparedness to complex shocks and crises.

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