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April 20, 2018Knowledge Portal
Social protection, food security and asset formation

This article provides a meta-analysis on the impact of social protection, specifically its social assistance element, on household food security and asset formation. The meta-analysis finds that social protection programs improve both the quantity and quality of food consumed by beneficiaries. »

March 28, 2018Knowledge Portal
The effect of cash transfers and household vulnerability on food security in Zimbabwe

This article studies the impact of the Zimbabwe Harmonized Social Cash Transfer (HSCT), an unconditional cash transfer, on household food security. Cash transfers are a policy instrument that can help build household resiliency in obtaining access to food.  »

November 8, 2017Knowledge Portal
Schools as a system to improve nutrition

This discussion paper shows that schools offer a unique opportunity to improve nutrition using a systemic, multi-sectoral approach. Social, health, economic and ethic arguments coalesce in and around schools. »

April 20, 2017Knowledge Portal
Making the case for institutional demand: Supporting smallholders through procurement and food assistance programmes

This paper focuses on the rationale for supporting market interventions for smallholders through what the authors call Institutional Demand. Institutional Demand consists of different interventions that target procurement from smallholder farmers and distribute their surplus to vulnerable populations. This policy intervention links the goals of both agricultural development and social protection through three key areas: price stabilization; income generation and; food security. »

April 2, 2017Knowledge Portal
Transforming gender constraints in the agricultural sector: The potential of social protection programmes

This article discusses role of social protection programming design and implementation to ensure gender equality in food security and agricultural productivity. Gender inequality continues to constrain women’s opportunities in the agricultural sector. However, investment in gender-responsive programming which promotes women’s empowerment can help to overcome these constraints. »

January 4, 2017Knowledge Portal
Impact of cash transfer programs on food security and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-country analysis

This paper by the Global Food Security journal explores the extent to which government-run cash transfer programs in four sub-Saharan countries affect food security and nutritional outcomes. These programs include Ghana’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty, Kenya’s Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Lesotho’s Child Grants Program and Zambia’s Child Grant model of the Social Cash Transfer program. »