Update of WFP’s Safety Nets Policy: The Role of Food Assistance in Social Protection

In general, the paper shows that WFP plays a critical role in social protection through safety nets as they relate to food assistance for food and nutrition security. Priorities and implications for future WFP engagement are identified and include providing technical support and practical expertise for safety nets; ensuring that food and nutrition security objectives are embedded in safety nets; supporting governments in building systems of safety nets; helping to strengthen institutional mechanisms; ensuring that safety nets are informed by solid and context-specific evidence; forging strategic partnerships for safety nets; mobilizing resources; and strengthening internal decision-making. WFP will launch an initiative on “Safety Nets in Practice” to enhance its engagement capacity by producing programming guidelines, developing tools, advancing operational research, enhancing technical skills, and fostering information and knowledge management.