In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the number of malnourished children has dropped considerably.
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05.01.2018

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Even as debate stirs on the most preferred mode of transfer, a team of scientists at the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) find social protection programmes increase food consumption, caloric acquisition, and formation of productive assets globally.

The Sustainable Development Goals agreed to by the 193 member states of the United Nations have committed the global community to ending poverty and hunger by 2030. There are many ways in which this can be accomplished, such as increasing the productivity of smallholders, raising levels of education or reducing barriers to entry to high-return activities, to name a few.

In the last 20 years, social protection has emerged as an additional policy tool to address poverty and hunger in developing countries, and there has been a rapid increase in the number of social protection programmes and the total number of beneficiaries these cover. It is estimated that as of 2013, nearly one billion people around the world receive one form of social protection, cash transfers.

A team of scientists at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C., USA, constructed a new database of studies of these programmes that report impacts on food security outcomes and asset formation.

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