The State of Food and Agriculture

November 2, 2015

Social Protection and Agriculture

Social protection measures are a crucial aspect of efforts to break the rural poverty cycle, in partnership with broader agricultural and rural development measures, according to a new report.

The case for change is put forward in the latest edition of ‘The State of Food and Agriculture’ report published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

The report finds that in poor countries social protection schemes, including cash transfers and public works, are proving very effective in moving people out of poverty. It argues that such programs should be expanded in rural areas and linked to inclusive agricultural growth policies.

Key messages include the valuable role social protection plays in stimulating investment in agricultural production and other economic activities.

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