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Cash & Vouchers: Something Else For The Toolbox

Annalisa Conte heads up WFP's Cash for Change unit, which is working to scale up use of cash and vouchers in the organization's food assistance operations, making them an established part of the toolbox. Before moving into this post in 2011, Annalisa was WFP respresentative in the West African country of Burkina Faso, where she oversaw the roll-out of the first full-scale food voucher operation in Africa.

In this podcast, Annalisa shares some of the 'lessons learned' from the pilot schemes WFP has already launched around the world and makes the critical point that neither cash nor vouchers are a 'silver bullet' able to resolve any situation of food insecurity. When they are used, however, they can be more cost-efficient than traditional food aid.