The Social Protection Pathways to Nutrition: Evidence in Asia and the Pacific

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With nearly half-a-billion of the world’s undernourished people living in Asia-Pacific – and with the 2030 deadline for Zero Hunger just a decade away – there is a need for urgent action to address hunger in all its forms and to take decisive, informed and coordinated action to place nutrition at the heart of social protection programmes.

Social protection programmes command large resource flows compared with nutrition interventions, but their success in fighting poverty does not necessarily translate into success in reducing malnutrition. It is now well understood that the design of these programmes can be enhanced to maximize and sustain important food security and nutrition results, and this, in turn, will generate higher economic returns throughout people’s lifecycles.

Drawing on the wealth of evidence gathered for the 2019 Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition —SOFI report— this webinar will discuss some of the evidence available in the region and the possible reasons behind the lack of clear impact of these social protection programmes on nutrition outcomes.

Speakers: 

Ruben Villanueva, Social Protection Consultant, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

Jessica Blankenship, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

Jessica Owens, Social Protection Consultant, FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP)

Nard Huijbregts, Lead Social Policy Advisor, Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI)

Discussants:

Mario Gyori, Researcher, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC IG)

Christiane Ruddert, Regional Adviser Nutrition, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

Moderator:

Andrea Rossi, Regional Adviser Social Policy and Economic Analysis, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

 

Reading resources:

UNICEF. 2020. The Social Protection Pathways to Nutrition: A Stocktaking of Evidence in Asia and the Pacific. Thailand, UNICEF EAPRO.

FAO, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2019. Placing Nutrition at the Centre of Social Protection: Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2019. Bangkok, FAO.