Benjamin Davis, leader of the ‘Strategic Programme on Reducing Rural Poverty’ at FAO, speaking at the seminar.
Photo: © Patrick Corbé/GIZ

15.11.2016

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How can food and nutrition security benefit from social protection schemes such as cash transfers, public works and school feeding programmes, was in the focus of a GIZ workshop that took place in July in Eschborn/Germany.

If designed the right way, social protection schemes such as cash transfers, public works and school feeding programmes have enormous potential for reducing poverty as well as for enhancing food and nutrition security for the ultra-poor in most settings! ― This was the message conveyed at a seminar at the Eschborn office of GIZ, on 7 July 2016.

Benjamin Davis, leader of the ‘Strategic Programme on Reducing Rural Poverty’ at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided the evidence. With examples from FAO´s project ‘From Protection to Production’ (PtoP) – mainly from sub-Saharan Africa - he illustrated the impacts of social protection on livelihoods, the long-term effects on improved human capital as well as on nutritional and health status. Social transfers relaxed constraints that were brought about by market failures, leading to increases in production and investment, both on-farm and off-farm. Households found it easier to manage risks because of strengthened social networks and informal insurance mechanisms, which were their first line of defence when dealing with shocks.

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