FAO: the vast majority of the rural poor do not have social protection

October 13, 2015

Social protection is becoming a fundamental tool in efforts to eradicate hunger, yet the vast majority of the poor in rural areas of the world still do not have any type of coverage.

That is the message of the report “The State of Food and Agriculture 2015” (SOFA), presented today at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Its text concludes that in poor countries social protection plans are an economic way of providing vulnerable people with the opportunity to escape extreme poverty and hunger and improve the health, education and opportunities in the lives of their children.

The launch of the study occurs on the eve of World Food Day, which is celebrated each year on October 16. This issue focuses on the role of social protection in breaking the cycle of rural poverty.

During the presentation, the Director General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, recalled that despite the progress achieved by the Millennium Development Goals, 800 million people still go hungry and therefore, in the next development agenda A goal has been set to eliminate hunger and achieve food security for all by 2030.

“To this should be added inclusive rural development, because as we know about 80% of the poorest live in rural areas in developing countries, and not all the people who live in those areas work in agriculture. In reality, most of them work in sectors other than agriculture, “he said.

Da Silva affirmed that the materialization of the 2030 agenda will be a great challenge for all countries and considered that more political commitment and financing is required for the programs and projects necessary for these objectives to be met.

On the other hand, he pointed out that not only is more food needed, but that it be healthier and he fought the application of an approach to achieve not only food security, but also nutritional security.

October 13, 2015

Social protection is becoming a fundamental tool in efforts to eradicate hunger, yet the vast majority of the poor in rural areas of the world still do not have any type of coverage.

That is the message of the report “The State of Food and Agriculture 2015” (SOFA), presented today at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Its text concludes that in poor countries social protection plans are an economic way of providing vulnerable people with the opportunity to escape extreme poverty and hunger and improve the health, education and opportunities in the lives of their children.

The launch of the study occurs on the eve of World Food Day, which is celebrated each year on October 16. This issue focuses on the role of social protection in breaking the cycle of rural poverty.

During the presentation, the Director General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, recalled that despite the progress achieved by the Millennium Development Goals, 800 million people still go hungry and therefore, in the next development agenda A goal has been set to eliminate hunger and achieve food security for all by 2030.

“To this should be added inclusive rural development, because as we know about 80% of the poorest live in rural areas in developing countries, and not all the people who live in those areas work in agriculture. In reality, most of them work in sectors other than agriculture, “he said.

Da Silva affirmed that the materialization of the 2030 agenda will be a great challenge for all countries and considered that more political commitment and financing is required for the programs and projects necessary for these objectives to be met.

On the other hand, he pointed out that not only is more food needed, but that it be healthier and he fought the application of an approach to achieve not only food security, but also nutritional security.