Duration of project 12 Months (1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012).
This pilot project aims at strengthening capacities of the government of the Republic of Congo to reduce hunger by implementing a safety net programme in main suburban areas of Brazzaville and Pointe Noire.
The Safety net project will be operationalized through the distribution of electronic vouchers targeting extremely vulnerable households, who will be able to exchange them for basic food products in authorized shops. Beneficiaries will be targeted according to pre-established criteria so to include households whose monthly income is less than 60 USD, female-headed households, especially those headed by pregnant and nursing women caring for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Tuberculosis (TB) patients.
The monthly vouchers will enable beneficiaries to fill the gap that deprives them from food, forces them to take children out of school and to sacrifice health care. Vouchers will be distributed on the conditions of regular school enrolment and use of health services. The project will ensure, as well, that PLHIV and/or TB patients as well as malnourished children under 2 years and pregnant or lactating women will adhere to their treatment and receive in addition to the vouchers, a nutritional supplement at their local health centre.
The Republic of Congo has a young and mostly urban population with more than half of its 4.1 million inhabitants under 20 and 62.5% of the population living in cities. According to UNDP Human Development report of 2011, the Republic of Congo is counted among the middle income countries and ranks 137th on the Human Development Index....