BAMAKO - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has officially launched, for the first time in Mali, an unconditional cash transfer programme in the town of Madina Sacko in Banamba in the region of Koulikoro.
The cash will be provided to households identified as very poor to enable them to buy their own food on the local markets.
Funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) for a total cost of more than 1.3 million euros (around 845 million CFA), this pilot programme, which began yesterday, will reach close to 45,000 people affected by the drought in the regions of Kayes and Koulikoro.
The cash transfer programme will contribute to the strengthening of food security, the prevention of hunger and acute malnutrition and the protection of livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
This year, WFP and its partners launched a regional response aiming to provide food assistance to more than 9 million people affected by the drought in the Sahel, of which 1.3 million are in Mali.
WFP plans to assist some 650,000 people in May and June through targeted food distributions, nutrition support and asset creation activities. WFP provided monthly targeted food rations to 1,600 IDPs in Ségou and has started targeted food distributions for 5,300 IDPs in Mopti.
WFP is supporting internally displaced people, refugees and their host communities in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania through new and ongoing projects. General food distributions for Malian refugees and IDPs started in March and so far, a total of 128,000 refugees, IDPs and members of the host communities have received food assistance.
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