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FAO concludes social protection and agriculture e-learning series

A group of small-scale family farmers in Egypt taking care of their roof garden. ©FAO/Ami Vitale

The FAO Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Family Farming has just concluded the first ever e-learning series on social protection and agriculture for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region.

The e-learning series aimed at continuing the sensitization and practical capacity development of governments in the region to effectively adopt social protection policies that support those in the rural areas that are dependent on agriculture. It addressed the definition and methods of implementing social protection policies and initiatives. It also highlighted case studies from countries in the region and abroad to identify key learnings from other social protection programmes.

To ensure maximum effectiveness and applicability, the series was designed to focus on issues that are most pertinent to the social protection and agriculture nexus in the NENA region. These include humanitarian emergencies, climate change, and migration, which all have destabilizing effects on the region. Participants were able to discuss these topics and how they might be dealt with in their particular country using the mechanisms provided by social protection.

Representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Social Services in Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Sudan, and West Bank Gaza Strip attended the seminal five-part series that took place between June and September 2017.


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