Reduce Rural Poverty

Social protection

Social protection programmes can play a fundamental role in helping households manage risks and shocks. For example, cash and asset transfer programmes can provide a minimum income for the poorest people, and help them transition into jobs and other income-generating opportunities, like small shop ownership, by relaxing insurance and credit constraints. FAO provides countries with evidence-based policy support to design inclusive social protection systems that target the poor. FAO also generates evidence on the productive impact of social protection in rural areas and supports the design of broader rural development strategies that combine social protection programmes and agricultural interventions.