Working Paper

FAC Working Paper 11

Seasonality and Social Protection in Africa

Published on 1 January 2009

Many problems of hunger and food insecurity in Africa are seasonal, in the sense that the worst effects are concentrated at certain times of year.

This brief first describes the seasonal patterns of livelihoods and food insecurity in rural sub-Saharan Africa. It then reviews policy interventions that were adopted in the past to address seasonal hunger – “seasonal safety nets” – and contrasts these with more recent “social protection” approaches.

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Devereux, S. (2009) Seasonality and Social Protection in Africa, FAC Working Paper 11, Brighton: Future Agricultures Consortium


Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

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Devereux, Stephen
Frontiers of Social Protection Brief, volume 8


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