Social protection is emerging as a critical tool in the drive to end hunger, although the vast majority of the world’s rural poor are yet to be covered.
That’s according to this year’s State of Food and Agriculture Report (SOFA 2015) released by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
SOFA 2015 details the impact of social protection schemes, such as cash transfers, school feeding and public works, on vulnerable people’s lives.
For poor rural women, for example, that might mean to be able to envision a future for their families.
Social protection was also prominently highlighted in the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is the theme of the World Food Day celebrated on October 16.
Sandra Ferrari sat down with Rob Vos, Director of the Social Protection Division of FAO in Rome, and began by asking him to clarify the concept of social protection.