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Cash-based assistance in humanitarian contexts has grown substantially in recent years, yet little is empirically known about differential impacts of cash for diverse beneficiaries, which could better inform assistance targeting. In the context of increasing food insecurity and extreme levels of famine in South Sudan despite significant scale-up of humanitarian assistance, this analysis examined food security and household economy outcomes to better understand the impact of cash assistance and characteristics associated with worsened household food security and coping strategies.

The paper finds cash transfers did not appear to have lasting benefits on food security and livelihoods coping strategy use. Larger transfer sizes may need to be considered in future programming to achieve more substantial improvements in household food security; however, maintaining rather than improving household food security may be sufficient in worsening food crises contexts.

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