Integrated cash transfer programs in West Africa: How to make cash transfer programs more nutrition sensitive?


February 6, 2020

Thursday, 13 February 2020,  14:30 - 17:30 GMT

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza
Route de la Corniche Ouest
Dakar, Dakar 16868

The use of cash transfers (CT) is increasing in Africa south of the Sahara, across development and humanitarian settings, for multiple objectives including poverty reduction and improvements in child and maternal nutrition.

Recent studies have shown that CT programs in Africa south of the Sahara can reduce poverty and food insecurity, build resilience, and provide opportunities to poor households (Beegle et al 2018). However, impacts on child nutritional status are generally limited from CTs alone.

Global evidence suggests that CT programs, when combined with nutrition specific modalities, have the potential to improve child nutrition, especially when targeted to the first 1,000 days comprising pregnancy, lactation, and the first two years of the child’s life (Bhutta et al. 2013; Ruel et al 2013). In West Africa, an increasing number of CT programs are being combined with a nutrition component. However, the extent to which the addition of various nutrition interventions to CTs is enough to lead to improvements in child nutrition behaviors and outcomes across different types of programs in West Africa is not well understood.

The goals of this seminar are to share evidence on the impacts of different types of CT programs implemented in West Africa and to discuss lessons learned as well as remaining knowledge gaps on program design and policy options to make CT programming in the region more nutrition sensitive.

Read more at the IFPRI West and Central Africa Office website.

Research that will be presented during this seminar receives support from the CGIAR Reseach Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) under Flagship 4: Social Protection for Agriculture and Resilience.

Photo: © EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie


  1. Charles Farayola says

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