World Food Day 2015: Social Protection and Agriculture
Pierre Ferrari | October 16, 2015
Seventy years ago today, 42 countries founded the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in a monumental step toward ending global hunger and malnutrition.
The world has come a long way, but there is still much work to be done.
This year’s World Food Day theme is Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.
A lot of the discussion has focused on the social protection half of the theme. Not surprisingly, I’d like to talk about the other half: agriculture.
Benjamin Davis, Deputy-Director of FAO’s Agricultural Development Economics Division makes some very important points in a recent video. He says, “Social protection itself cannot sustainably bring households out of poverty. Mutually supportive agricultural and social protection programs are necessary in order to transform the lives of the poor.”