Innovative "Productive Transfers" (CASH+) in Mali
In Mali, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is currently experimenting the “productive transfers” approach (CASH+), implemented successfully in 2014 in other countries – including countries from West Africa. The 18-month programme combines unconditional cash transfers with the provision of in-kind livestock inputs (goats and animal feed) to benefit 750 vulnerable households, approximately 5 300 individuals, in 36 villages of the Kayes region.
The most vulnerable households were targeted using the HEA (Household Economy Analysis) approach. Women are the direct recipients of transfers in 99 percent of the cases. In order to better cope with, recover from and adapt to the multiple shocks and recurrent crises affecting the Sahel region (drought, desertification, floods, conflicts, economic shocks, diseases, etc.), the poorest households need to protect their livelihoods, diversify their sources of income and accumulate productive assets. Turning the vicious circle of poverty and dependence, that repeated humanitarian interventions often fail to sustainably stop, into a virtuous circle of production and investments requires innovative approaches.