Social Protection

Social Protection
Randomized Control Trials demonstrate that Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Interventions increase the use of Multiple-Micronutrient Powders and Iron Supplements in Rural Pre-School Bangladeshi Children

This IFPRI/Cornell study examines the impact of nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions on nearly 10,000 Bangladeshi women and children. Results showed that a transfer (food, cash, or both) accompanied by nutrition BCC resulted in both knowledge- and practice-based improvements around iron deficiency and multiple micronutrient supplementation. The authors conclude that transfers...

A Role for Social Protection Investments to Support Food and Nutrition Security - Lessons from Ghana

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Cash transfer social protection programs have become increasingly prominent as a tool to combat food and nutrition insecurity worldwide.

In Ghana, under the U.S. Feed...

Social Protection, Food Security, and Asset Formation

This article investigates if and how social protection programs impact food security outcomes and asset formation. The authors constructed and analyzed a new database of studies on these interventions, finding that social protection programs improve both the quantity and quality of food consumed by beneficiaries. The average social protection program increases the value of food consumed/...

Can Conditional Cash Transfers Improve the Uptake of Nutrition Interventions and Household Food Security? Evidence from Odisha’s Mamata scheme

The study investigates the impact on health and nutrition outcomes of one conditional cash transfer program, the Mamata scheme, implemented in the state of Odisha (India) and targeted to pregnant and lactating women. Using survey data on 1161 households, authors examine the effect of the scheme on eight outcomes: 1) pregnancy registration; 2) receipt of antenatal services (ANC); 3)...

FSN Forum: Promoting Sustainable Food Systems For Healthy Diets in Europe and Central Asia: The Key Role of School Food and Nutrition Programmes

Last day to contribute: FAO’s Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) invites views and recommendations on national school food and nutrition programs, how to make them more inclusive, better integrated into food systems, and supporting healthy diets and lifestyles from an early age. The outputs of this online...

Harvesting Child Nutritional Gains through the Graduation Approach

Webinar hosted by socialprotection.org and organised by Social Protection for Employment – Community (SPEC). Presenters from the USA and Uganda discuss ...

Study on Shock-Responsive Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti Case Study

This report investigates factors enabling social protection systems to be more responsive to shocks in Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on Hurricane Matthew and the 2015/16 drought, during which almost 90% of farmers lost their harvest in the worst affected areas.. Emergency response in Haiti remains strongly dependent on international humanitarian assistance and is highly fragmented...

The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?

This book explores how to integrate the agendas of social protection and food assistance, focusing on learning from countries’ experiences using food, vouchers, or cash transfers, and underscoring the pivotal role of food security as central to any poverty response. Countries are increasingly moving from in-kind provisions to cash-based transfers, often with vouchers as an intermediate step....

Can Cash Transfers Improve Determinants of Maternal Mortality? Evidence from the Household and Community Programs in Indonesia

This paper assesses the effects of Indonesia’s national cash transfer programs, PKH (conditional) and Generasi (unconditional) on the determinants of maternal mortality, using samples of 14,000 and 12,000 households respectively. It shows that Generasi improved maternal health knowledge, access to health services, and nutritional intake. As for PKH, its strongest effects seem concentrated on...

How to Make ‘Cash Plus’ Work: Linking Cash Transfers to Services and Sectors

The paper sheds some light on the key factors for successfully implementing so-called ‘cash plus’ initiatives, which combine cash transfers (CTs) with one or more types of complementary support to enhance impacts on nutrition, learning outcomes, and morbidity. After reviewing the emerging evidence base and examining three case studies (Chile Solidario in Chile, IN-SCT in Ethiopia, and LEAP in...

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