6 April 2023

Institute of Development Studies, IDS; Tufts University; World Food Programme, WFP; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO; International Labour Organization, ILO

Over the past two years, the ability of countries and people to deal with adversity has been eroding. While conflict is still the main driver of hunger, global fuel and fertilizer prices have climbed even faster than food prices, resulting in turn in increased farmers’ production costs, higher food prices, and lower farm yields. This contributes to the creation of a severe vicious cycle as higher prices erode living standards and household finances, pressure interest rates, devalue currencies, and foster social instability, to mention some of the potential cascading effects. The increased occurrence of climate shocks, in addition, further contributes to the steep rise in global hunger. In the face of the current ‘polycrisis’, this webinar aimed to discuss how social protection can mitigate its impact on the poor and vulnerable and prevent its aggravation. Particularly, the session identified and analyzed social protections’ contributions and challenges to deliver food security, nutrition, and livelihood outcomes across the food system ‘from farm to fork’.


  • Stephen Devereux, Research Fellow, IDS
  • Omar Benammour, Social Protection Officer, FAO
  • William Masters, Professor of Food Economics and Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University
  • Sintayehu Demissie Admasu, Head of the Food Security Coordination Office, Ministry of Agriculture – Government of Ethiopia
  • Ghufran Memon, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety – Government of Pakistan

Moderator: Juan Gonzalo Jaramillo Mejia, Social Protection Programme Policy Officer, WFP

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Registrants: 157


Attendees: 72


Youtube views: 211

(until september/2023)