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Case Study

Hard Cash in Hard Times: Cash transfers versus food aid in rural Zimbabwe

2011 — By Concern Worldwide

This case study looks at Concern Worldwide’s pilot project to provide cash, instead of traditional food aid, to food insecure communities in Zimbabwe. The document briefly describes the conditions making it suitable for such a response, positive outcomes for the cash recipients, the cost effectiveness, effects on local markets and the potential negative social impacts of cash. The project was so successful that WFP adopted a cash component to its Vulnerable Group Feeding programme.