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Afghanistan Food Voucher Programme

This Afghan girl can smile -- her family counts among those in Jalalabad receiving WFP food vouchers. The programme has been a boost for local shopkeepers as well.
People wait to receive their vouchers. The project focuses on supporting the poorest, most vulnerable families, prioritizing those headed by widows and the disabled.
The WFP food voucher programme offers these Afghan women what many of us take for granted -- the ability to choose what to eat.
Afghan families receive these WFP food vouchers, worth the equivalent of about $25 a month.
A Jalalabad woman receives her first food voucher. WFP began distributing the vouchers to families in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad following a successful pilot phase in Kabul.
WFP Staff Members Verify The ID And Ration Cards Of Voucher Recipients And Enter The Information Into A Database.
Khumar, a widow and mother of nine, tells a Jalalabad shopkeeper what she wants to buy with her WFP voucher. Feeding her family has been tough since her husband died two years ago, but Khumar says the recent rise of food prices has made it even harder.
These women now enter Jalalabad's stores as customers, not beggars. WFP plans to extend its voucher programme elsewhere in Afghanistan, reaching a planned 30,000 beneficiaries in 2011.
Several women have loaded their food purchases into a tuk-tuk to make the journey home together, saving on transportation costs. Shopkeepers say they like the programme, which has brought them new customers who previously could not afford to buy food.

 WFP has launched a new food voucher programme in Afghanistan, distributing the first vouchers to 1,500 families in the eastern city of Jalalabad in February.   WFP plans to expand the voucher programme to other Afghan cities later in 2011.