Impact of Cash Transfer Programs on Food Security and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cross-country Analysis
Jointly written by experts coming from different agencies including the ILO, UNICEF, and FAO, among others, this paper explores the extent to which government-run cash transfer programs in four sub-Saharan countries (Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, and Zambia) affect food security and nutrition outcomes. The cross-country analysis highlights the importance of robust program design and implementation to achieve the intended results. Authors find that a relatively generous and regular and predictable transfer increases the quantity and quality of food and reduces the prevalence of food insecurity. On the other hand, a smaller, lumpy and irregular transfer does not lead to impacts on food expenditures.