Food Coalition

Rural social protection

COVID-19 poses significant challenges to already strained rural areas, where most of the world’s food-insecure and poor people reside. The pandemic is exacerbating long-term complex crises trigged by economic downturn, conflict and extreme weather events. Limited basic social services and a lack of essential risk-management mechanisms, such as social protection, are further adding to the risk of infection in rural areas. Vulnerable groups, such as children, women, youths and indigenous peoples, face additional challenges. Moreover, their economic activity, particularly in developing countries, is primarily informal, exposing them to income volatility and poor enforcement of health and safety norms.

Putting in place new and expanding existing social-protection measures is key to containing the spread of the virus, to protecting livelihoods during the response and to empowering and strengthening the capacities of rural communities for longer-term recovery.

Priority Areas of work: Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 5. Gender Equality, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 13. Climate Action, 16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Level: Global
Country: Afghanistan, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Zambia
Budget: USD 16 to 21 million

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