Effects of a Conditional Cash Transfer Programme on Child Nutrition in Brazil
The Bolsa Familia Programme (BFP) is the world’s largest conditional cash transfer programme, guaranteeing direct cash transfers to families in poverty, families with children aged 0 to 15 years, and families with a pregnant or lactating woman. Any family who enrolls must comply with certain health and education conditions to remain in the programme, including (1) a minimum attendance of 85% of the monthly school hours for children 7 to 17 years old and (2) a health and nutrition agenda for pregnant women, nursing mothers or children under 7 years of age.
Findings from this program study highlight how cash transfers can immediately translate into purchase of food (typically a family priority), clothing, transportation, and other goods and services. The study also points to the need to guarantee families increased access to goods and services conducive to improved nutrition, which should in turn result in enhanced health.