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Social Protection in the context of food security, family farming and poverty reduction
Social protection is an essential element of both aspects of FAO’s Twin-Track Approach to reducing hunger and poverty.
Underlying causes of malnutrition can be addressed through promotive and transformative policy instruments strengthening access to markets, productive resources, their better management, and investments in human capital. Social protection helps households to overcome undernourishment by providing direct access to food or means to buy food.
Social protection also enables households,and smallholder family farmers in particular,to better manage shocks and engage in more profitable livelihoods.
Social protection can support family farming, the predominant form of agriculture, by helping family farmers increase productivity and graduate from poverty.
In Myanmar, Indonesia and Colombia, FAO promotes social protection for poverty reduction and sustainable natural resource management among smallholder family farmers.
In West Africa, FAO helps countries mainstream social protection in national development and food security strategies.
FAO also provides policy support to governments for incorporating social protection into national strategies to fight hunger.
FAO is exploring the linkages and strengthening coordination between social protection, agriculture, food security and rural development.
. From Protection to Production (PtoP) FAO’s PtoP project evaluates the impact of cash transfers in collaboration with UNICEF and the governments of 7 sub-Saharan countries.
FAO raises awareness and facilitates policy dialogue on the role of social protection in rural development and poverty reduction.