Chapter 16: Case Study 6. Urban Food Programme, Zimbabwe
OVERVIEW The Urban Food Programme (UFP) in Zimbabwe is a food delivery and food voucher programme implemented by AAI that also includes other activities, namely low input gardens, and capacity building and training with local partners. The programme comes under the umbrella of DFID Zimbabwe’s Protracted Relief Programme (PRP). The purpose of PRP is to stabilize food security and protect the livelihoods of vulnerable households in Zimbabwe, particularly those aﬀected by HIV/AIDS. PRP is implemented by 12 NGOs (of which AAI is one) and their local partners. In the UFP, AAI has pioneered the use of food vouchers as a means of ensuring stable food and grocery supplies to recipients in conditions of hyperinﬂation, steeply deteriorating exchange rates, and macroeconomic instability. In 2007, the food voucher was worth £9.00 sterling (US$18) per month. The voucher provides beneﬁciaries with a basket of commodities designed to fulﬁl nutritional as well as non-food basic needs (see Box C6.1). The CSB nutritional supplement is delivered directly to beneﬁciaries by AAI partners; it is not collected at retailers with the other voucher items. At its peak the UFP reached 3145 beneﬁciaries; however, erosion of the real value of its external resources, due to exchange rate and inﬂation eﬀects, meant that by 2007 it was only able to reach 2000 beneﬁciaries. Initially AAI started with food deliveries, but then shifted towards food vouchers that could be redeemed by recipients at local supermarkets. This switch reﬂected...
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