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Latin America and the Caribbean
Bonos Familiares para la Compra de Alimentos (Programme of grants for families to buy food) (2005-)



Date: 2005-
Description: Conditional cash transfer programme (CCT) which operates in rural areas, preferably indigenous. It is part of the programme "Oportunities Network"


Target population: Families in extreme poverty. Priority is given to families with minors, disabled and / or elderly members.
Geographic scale: Regional (districts of Santa Fe, Mironó, Ñurum, Besikó y Nole Duima)
Targeting method: 1) Geographical: Villages in rural areas in conditions of extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition.
2) Proxy means test: Families in situations of extreme poverty and chronic malnutrition according to the information registered in the Social Vulnerability Survey.
3) Community: Community diagnosis to analyze the situation of public services, social problems and food production.
Instrument of selection: Social Vulnerability Census
Registry of recipients: Unique Registry of Beneficiaries (RUB)
Exit strategies or criteria: When a recipient lose the eligibility requirements. Recertification every 3 years


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Presidency of the Republic
Executing organization(s): National Secretariat for Coordination and Monitoring of Food and Nutrition Plan (SENAPAN)
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: Ministry of Social Development
Source of funding: Government of Panama

1) Transferencia monetaria condicionada (Conditional cash transfer)

Recipient(s): All recipients households of the programme
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Food Stamps with 10 vouchers redeemable for food at authorized grocery store
Periodicity of delivery: The food stamps are delivered to the communities on the scheduled days indicated by SENAPAN
Recipient of the transfer: Mother
Maximum per household: One transfer per household
Conditionalities: Health: Children under 5 years must have their vaccinations. Adults and teenagers: Must have their health checks updated (vaccines, pregnancy, Pap smear, in the case of women of reproductive age)
Education: Children over 6 years: school attendance.
Training: At least one adult member of the household: participation in training sessions in food production that runs the MIDA and / or volunteer corps.
Comments: There are 175 grocery stores participating in the supply network for the exchange of food stamps.
Amount : Equivalent to PAB $50 monthly.
The recipients receive PAB $150 quarterly.




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