COVID-19 Policy Brief: Why does Food Security and Nutrition Matter in Social Protection Responses to Systemic Shocks in the Southern African Region?

The past two decades have demonstrated the manifold pathways through which comprehensive and integrated social protection systems canenable and ensure food security and nutrition in Southern Africa. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of these systemsand illustrated the kinds of crises for which social protection must strengthen more effective responses.