Food voucher programme launched in CAR

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WFP food assistance in Bangui. WFP@PHOTO

One hundred thousand people are to benefit from a food voucher programme launched for the first time by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the Central African Republic.

The country has endured more than two years of civil war and sectarian violence leaving much of the population dependant on humanitarian aid.

WFP says the food assistance allows recipients to choose local foods, giving them a greater sense of normality.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

WFP began distributing the first vouchers in the western village of Yaloké, where most people are displaced and have had their livestock looted during the crisis.

The vouchers, which are valued at US$10, will complement WFP's existing distributions of rice, pulses and oil.

The plan is for the food voucher programme to roll out in the capital Bangui in the next six months, as well as in other areas of the country where markets are working as usual despite insecurity.

The vouchers will reportedly cut down costs of transporting and storing food, as well as inject almost US$2.5 million into the local economy.

The UN agency says its objective is to provide life-saving assistance to more than 1.2 million people in the Central African country in 2015.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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