New Voucher Program Delivers Food to Urban Poor

ReliefWeb notes this story on a World Food Program voucher operation in Burkina Faso. CRS is a partner in the operation:

WFP today launched its first food voucher operation in Africa, deploying a new tool to address hunger in an urban environment where food is available, but beyond the reach of many because of the impact of high food prices.

The new voucher programme is targeting 120,000 people who are suffering from the impact of high food prices in urban areas of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, where the prices of basic staples such as millet and sorghum are more than 25 per cent higher than they were last year.

The voucher operation was developed in close collaboration with the Government of Burkina Faso. WFP’s partners, Catholic Relief Services and the Burkina Red Cross, also played a key role in identifying vulnerable people based on an assessment in urban areas with technical support from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and financed by the French government.

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