Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Ugo Gentilini WFP, Italy
11-12-2012

Dear Participants,

What a great debate and contributions! My name is Ugo Gentilini and I’m social protection specialist at WFP. As a member of the FAO-WFP facilitation team, let me propose a question under theme 3, particularly around the “objectives, targets and indicators will be identified towards tackling hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.” In this regard, one of the objectives put forward by the UN Secretary-General under the Zero Hunger Challenge is to ensure “100% access to adequate food all year round”.

But how to achieve such a key objective? One way could be to strengthen national social protection systems, as advocated by some of you. For example, Todd Post and Scott Bleggi from Bread for the World Institute argued that “the keys to achieving the 2015 targets depend on investments in smallholder agriculture and social protection”.

So let me ask you, what do you think would be the role of social protection to ensure that all people have always access to adequate food? What are some key constraints that governments and their partners may face in providing social protection? And what might be the opportunities?

Looking forward to your views!

Ugo Gentilini,
FAO-WFP facilitation team