Cash and Vouchers Stories
This article originally appeared in print in the German magazine, Maxi, for its July 2012 edition. All text and photos are by David Weyand. What follows below is the full article, translated from German.
Cash & vouchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo stimulate local economies and reinforce social integration. Bargaining over food prices and the interaction between the displaced and host populations in the market contribute to building social cohesion in communities fractured by years of conflict.
WFP is working with communities on a variety of asset-creation projects - rainwater harvesting for human and livestock use, soil and water conservation, rehabilitation of degraded land and the production of drought-tolerant crops. These assets and the development of related skills enable communities to improve their resilience and increase food sufficiency.
Business is booming for Mouhamdou Boy Sow, a shopkeeper from Senegal who used to think he’d have to go abroad to find a better life. But a new programme to help families buy food from shops like his has helped turn around the local economy and given Mouhamdou a reason to stay home.
Abdulla Adam Mussa and his family have spent the last seven years in a camp for displaced people in western Darfur. For most of that time, they’ve gotten by on food aid. But thanks to a new food vouchers scheme, they’ll be able to shop for their own food on local markets, allowing them more choice and a greater variety.