Commitments to action

Social Protection for Food Systems Transformation Consortium

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Tufts University, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), World Bank (WB) and World Food Programme (WFP), GAIN, CARE, Nutrition International, Self Employed Women Association (SEWA), African Development Bank

Well-designed and carefully implemented social protection programmes are among the most cost-effective development interventions and an important solution to reaching multiple objectives simultaneously, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rigorous evaluations of social protection have demonstrated overwhelmingly positive effects on people’s lives and livelihoods when carefully designed to fit the specific context, including on food security, nutrition, health, resilience, gender equality, economic inclusion, decent work, and natural resource management and climate change adaptation/mitigation.

The institutions, governments, and partners to this consortium will endeavor to support countries to:

  1. Forge and enhance the linkages and synergies between national social protection and food systems for better poverty reduction, food security, nutrition, and decent work outcomes, by expanding and strengthening the evidence base to develop practical approaches that inform governments’ policies and programmes.
  2. Capitalize on the advances made in social protection during the COVID-19 response to guide and inform recovery and efforts to ‘build forward better’ towards improved efficiency of social protection programmes and sustainable long-term financing models.

The consortium seeks to build upon and realize national food systems transformation pathways by supporting the implementation of appropriate social protection systems to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition and promote decent work and sustainable livelihoods. (As of 16 September 2021, 19 countries have mentioned social protection as part of their national pathways for food systems transformation). The consortium’s efforts will connect directly to the existing USP2030 partnership, goals, and framework. The effort to enhance linkages is designed to complement existing USP2030 Partnership work, bringing a specific perspective and ‘how to’ focus on food systems (including deliberate prioritization of food security and nutrition outcomes) within social protection through the establishment of a dedicated Working Group.

Situating an ongoing coordination effort within the USP2030 architecture is designed to avoid duplication of efforts, generate additional momentum towards USP2030 goals by directing food system actors’ interest in social protection towards the USP2030 Partnership as the primary platform of reference, and complement the current USP2030 agenda. Specifically, USP2030 aims to support countries in designing and implementing universal and sustainable social protection systems through which all people are covered by certain risk mitigation mechanisms and have access to support when they need it.



Action Area(s)

Nourish All People
Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses
Advance Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work, & Empowered Communities


Republic of Korea

Key contact

Omar Benammour, Veronika Wodsak, Natalia Strigin, William Masters, Natalia Winder-Rossi, Ugo Gentilini, Saskia De Pee, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Tufts University, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), World Bank (WB) and World Food Programme (WFP)
[email protected]


Social Protection


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