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Case Studies | June 16, 2015

Expect the Unexpected

A Case Study of Impacts of Urban Food Vouchers in Somalia

This case study reviews CRS’ food voucher program in urban Somalia over two years, which brought benefits to markets and communities beyond its intended scope.

The study is intended as a resource for practitioners and others looking to learn from recent experiences in urban market-based approaches and food security, as well as a reference for those planning market-based food programming in urban or insecure environments.


  • Executive Summary

  • Introduction

  • Program Description

  • Programmatic Assumptions

  • Unanticipated Program Impacts

  • Key Learning and Considerations

  • Conclusion