Social Protection

FAO Approach to Social Protection: From Protection to Production

“With social protection, the hungry are no longer a mere statistic. They become individuals, with registered names and addresses. They become empowered to escape hunger through their own efforts, and thus lead dignified and productive lives”. 

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

 FAO contributes to the social protection global agenda by:

  • Building the economic case for the expansion of social protection programmes and
  • Strengthening coherence between social protection, agriculture, nutrition and resilience


Key facts

In 2015 about 2.1 billion people in developing countries received some form of social protection.

But still more than 70% of the population does not have adequate access to social protection and the majority of these people live in rural areas.

Evidence shows that social protection can generate a broad range of positive impacts on poor and vulnerable rural households and can benefit local communities: social protection effectively reduces access barriers to social services; enhances the economic and productive capacity of the poor, while contributing to strengthening local economies. 

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