Sri Lanka: First Cash Voucher Programme
WFP staff and government representatives at the launch of WFP's new cash voucher programme in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka.
WFP vouchers provide food choices for over 20,000 men, women and children who have recently returned to their homes after decades of displacement.
Twenty different food items available in local shops may be purchased with the vouchers.
Mauikadevi Parathalingam has a husband and two young children. She explains through WFP's Cash Voucher programme she can now buy food that her family prefers to eat.
With her voucher, Mauikadevi shops for chickpeas, salt, sugar, wheat flour, onions, tomatoes, tea leaves, black gram and chilies.
WFP Sri Lanka implements its pilot Cash and Voucher programme in Jaffna.