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Heifer International’s World Food Day Discussion

World Food Day 2015: Social Protection and Agriculture

Pierre Ferrari | October 16, 2015

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Aquicklinah Njivah (39) showing the rice her Heifer group receives via the grocery committee, of which she is head at home in Komorai Village. The milk generated by the two cows she received from Heifer helped her family’s nutrition and income immensely.

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.”

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