Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO

Addressing food crises through social protection

In increasingly complex development and humanitarian contexts, hunger has reached critical levels. This is exacerbated by both rapid- and slow-onset shocks that impact highly vulnerable rural communities where small-scale food producers have inadequate means to cope with hazards and are thus deprived of their livelihoods. Against this background, the European Union, FAO and WFP launched the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit to tackle the root causes of food crises and promote sustainable solutions.

Social protection can be an effective tool to address food crises through supporting food supply chain management, food in-kind transfers, food subsidies, public works programmes and seasonal cash transfers. Social protection programmes have shown to make positive contributions across a wide range of indicators, including poverty, nutrition, food security and human capital development.