Social Protection


FAO recognizes the key role social protection plays in eradicating hunger and poverty and in increasing the economic and productive capacity of even the poorest and most marginalized individuals. FAO works with partners to strengthen governments’ capacities in designing, implementing and assessing social protection systems, so that they can benefit families living in rural areas.

In particular, FAO supports national governments to:

Social protection and decent rural employment

The social protection team works with FAO's programme of work on decent rural employment to generate evidence on the impact of social protection on the employment conditions of rural people. Decent rural employment and social protection together can address the vulnerabilities faced by rural workers along their lives. More stable and secure working conditions in rural areas largely depend on a strong political commitment. FAO uses the generated evidence to engage in policy discussion and achieve buy-in from policy makers.

Social protection and gender-sensitive programmes

FAO works to: