Cash and Vouchers Videos
Like many Zimbabweans, Loveness struggles to feed her children on a daily basis. But with WFP's food assistance, she can make sure her HIV+ children avoid malnutritrion and receive medication every month. One million adult Zimbabweans and 150,000 children are infected with HIV, which is 14.2% per cent of the population.
In the third episode of hungry planet, legendary ex-Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov joins other soccer greats in visiting a community garden project for victims of the 2009 flooding in Burkina Faso; a social experiment in Egypt helps the urban unemployed reclaim desert land and become farmers; and a cash vouchers project in Hebron helps Palestinian families cope with rising food prices.
Beneficiaries in Syria receive a simple SMS with the number of their WFP food voucher, which allows them to choose the items they need in local stores. The innovative, mobile-based electronic system helps tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria who receive WFP food assistance.
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In order to help poor Afghan families now struggling with rising food prices, women are being given monthly food vouchers that allow them to buy food at shops just like anyone else.
In places like Hebron, in the occupied Palestinian territory, food is available but may be out of reach to some people. Food vouchers are a way for WFP to hedge against rising food prices and boost the local economy, while also providing a greater variety of foods to the needy.