Social Protection, Food Security and Nutrition in Six African Countries

Organization(s): IDS
Author: Jonas Nzabamwita, Stephen Devereux
Regions: East Africa, Southern Africa
Country: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Year: 2018
Language: English
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Evaluations of social protection interventions across Africa often register significant success in improving household food security indicators, but little or no improvement in individual nutritional outcomes. One reason is under-coverage of poor people; another is the low value of social transfers. This paper reviews experiences with social protection in six African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Social protection programmes are expanding and becoming institutionalised in all six countries. Bigger impacts can be achieved through “nutrition-sensitive” social protection as well as nutrition-specific interventions. Most importantly, linkages must be strengthened between social protection and other social and economic sectors.

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Social Protection and Human Rights