Social protection as an instrument for food and nutrition security

Social protection measures have a number of important functions, including protecting against and alleviating poverty and social deprivation, preventing the risk of poverty and social deprivation, and promoting income and improving livelihoods. In addition, they make a key contribution towards food and nutrition security, particularly in the context of crises. The Global Programme on Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience, which originally contained a total of 12 country packages, implements various social protection measures as part of its work. This aims to make lasting improvements to the nutritional situation of people at risk of food insecurity and to their resilience to food crises, particularly targeting women of reproductive age and infants. In addition to the primary food and nutrition security measures, various activities connected with social protection have therefore been implemented depending on the context.