WFP Mali Launches Cash Transfers
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Published on 14 June 2012

Bine Gori Naman, 82, about to receive cash from WFP that will help him and his family prepare for the planting season. WFP / Daouda Guirou

For the first time in Mali, WFP has started cash-based food assistance - the most vulnerable will receive money that will help them buy food on the local market and prepare for the planting season. 

 
MADINA SACKO - With an identity card in hand, leaning heavily on his cane, Bine Gori Naman, 82, anxiously awaits his turn to pick up his money.  
 
On behalf of his household, Naman will receive around US$ 50, an amount based on the current value of a monthly food basket for a family of five. He knows exactly how he will spend it. 
 
“I will go straight to the market to buy millet and rice, "he said.  “I have seven people in my family and before this, I did not know how I would support them so they can grow food during the planting season.”
 
Naman is a former Koranic teacher and lives in the town of Madina Sacko.  He lives on the alms of the faithful who are themselves hard hit by drought and have almost completely exhausted their food reserves. 
 
Beneficiaries receive SIM cards; they then receive a text message on this new phone number alerting them of the transaction. Partner NGOs inform the beneficiaries of when and where they can pick up the money. 
 
Funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) at a total cost of more than 1.3 million euros, the cash transfers will reach nearly 45,000 people affected by drought in the regions of Kayes and Koulikoro.
 
Two cash transfers are planned: the one that took place in early June and the second that will take place in July. 
 
This year, WFP and its partners launched a regional response and plan to provide food assistance to more than 9 million people affected by drought in the Sahel which 1.3 million are in Mali.