Social Protection

Social Protection
Leveraging Social Protection Programs for Improved Nutrition: Summary of Evidence

The Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Programs, convened by SecureNutrition and the Russian Federation, brought together 150 donors, implementers, and country leaders to identify practical ways to link the nutrition and...

BRICS: Investing in Partnerships and Coorperation for Nutrition-sensitive Social Protection

This four-page brief was created by the FAO to support a BRICS side-event at ICN2, held in Rome, Italy, in November of 2014. The brief describes nutrition-sensitive social protection initiatives underway in each of the five BRICS countries, including how state-level instutitional structures are being used to support and implement the agenda.

Strengthening Coherence between Agriculture and Social Protection to Combat Poverty and Hunger in Africa

In the context of rural livelihoods in Africa, stronger coherence between agriculture and social protection interventions can assist in improving the welfare of poor small family farms by facilitating productive inclusion, improving risk-management capacities, and increasing agricultural productivity. This FAO Diagnostic Tool is intended for government officials, development partners, civil...

State of Food and Agriculture 2015

​FAO’s annual State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) for 2015 focuses on linkages with social protection. Key messages include the importance of targeting and transfers in reducing both poverty and food insecurity, focusing on women to improve food security and nutrition outcomes, and adopting a multisectoral approach to sustainably reduce poverty. A 12-page executive summary highlights “Options...

What Happens Once the Intervention Ends? The medium-term impacts of a cash transfer programme in Malawi

This report evaluates impacts of the Zomba Cash Transfer Programme (ZCTP) in Malawi two years after the programme ended. ZCTP was a relatively short program active from 2008 - 2009, which gave cash transfers to women aged 13-22 years. Some transfers were conditional on schooling, and some were unconditional. Overall, results suggest that the benefits of ZCTP did not sustain beyond the...

Healthy Meals in School: Policy innovations linking agriculture, food systems, and nutrition

Locally-sourced school feeding lies at an intersection of nutrition, agriculture, and social protection. The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN) published a report in November 2015 that focuses on country policy options to simultaneously improve local markets, livelihoods, child nutrition, education outcomes, and ultimately enhanced well-being over generations....

Social Cash Transfers and Children's Outcomes: A review of evidence from Africa

Commissioned by UNICEF's Eastern and Southern African Office, this report on cash transfers includes the following key message: "Impacts on food consumption can be expected if the value of the transfers is between 15 and 20 percent of household food consumption." A four-page section covers nutrition and related topics, including notes on monitoring, program duration, targeting, complementary...

How do Social Protection Programs Address Nutrition Behavior Change? A look at Interventions and delivery channels in World Bank programming.

On 23 February, 2016, SecureNutrition convened a panel of five World Bank social protection projects to discuss how they are incorporating social behavior change communication for nutrition into their activities. Representatives from Mexico, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, and Djibouti all spoke, then participated in an open discussion and Q&A period. 

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Malnutrition in Zambia: Harnessing social protection for the most vulnerable

Save the Children in March released the second in a series of reports on how nutrition and social protection come together through three pathways: food security, caring practices, and health services--this time looking at Zambia, where approximately 40% of children under 5 are stunted. The report follows the pathways to lay out evidence of nutrition impacts by social protection in past...

Social Protection and Nutrition: Pathways, Systems, and Country Experience

On November 20th, 2015, SecureNutrition hosted two experts from Save the Children to kick of a new seminar series focused on the intersection of nutrition and social protection. 

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Katherine Richards and Nicola Hypher (bios below) reviewed effective approaches currently in the field that...

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