Social protection for food security: Report to shape international action

9 May 2012

A forthcoming report will synthesize the evidence on social protection and food security, and will recommend actions for more effective policy. The report is commissioned by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, which serves to connect international policy debates with the best available knowledge.

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition is part of the UN Committee on World Food Security.

Bringing together evidence for policy on social protection and food security

The report, 'Social Protection for Food Security' (pdf, 3mb), is being led by IDS Fellow Stephen Devereux, along with experts from the University of Oslo, IFPRI, Tulane University and the World Bank.

The report elaborates the linkages between food insecurity and social protection policies. It recommends that social protection should be legislated and should incorporate accountability mechanisms such as social audits and grievance procedures.

IDS Fellow Stephen Devereux described how he and author authors are writing the report: 'Research for the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition is different to an academic study or research by a single agency. In our work for the Panel, we need to consider the best available evidence in a balanced way, and we must make actionable policy recommendations. We cannot simply say that more research is needed'.

Reports to the High Level Panel of Experts are subject to two open electronic consultations and an academic peer review. The final report will be released in July 2012.

IDS Director Lawrence Haddad is a member of the steering committee for the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition.

Read about the High Level Panel of Experts' mission and history in the May 2012 edition of the Centre for Social Protection Newsletter.