FAO and Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries explore the role of social protection for food security, nutrition and rural development

UNCT-KG-FAO-SocialDeveNail Nasritdinov (c)

More than 40 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, and development agencies such as UNICEF, UNDP and ILO, will meet on 25-26 April in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to discuss how social protection can contribute to eradicating poverty, fighting hunger and malnutrition and contributing to the development of rural areas in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The meeting, organized by FAO, will be an opportunity to raise awareness on the positive impacts of social protection for rural development. It will provide a base for identifying priorities for effective dialogue between Governments and developments partners in the region.

The Sustainable Development Goals, and Goal 1.3 especially, consider social protection as an important tool to eradicate poverty, food insecurity and inequalities aiming at reaching the poor and most vulnerable. According to the ILO, more than 70 percent of the world’s population have no access to adequate social protection.

The event creates a platform to engage, learn and share knowledge, experiences and best practices around social protection systems and broader rural development programmes to find measures to effectively reach the poor and most vulnerable families in rural areas. In addition, participants will look at social protection in the SDGs context brainstorming on possible ways for an effective introduction into state development strategies and their implementation. By bringing together different influential actors and stakeholders, FAO is committed to expanding coverage of social protection to the poor, most food insecure and vulnerable living in rural areas. FAO will support governments and partners in addressing the main challenges for incorporating social protection into national strategies and actions to fight hunger and in promoting greater policy coherence and synergies between social protection, food security and nutrition, agricultural development and rural poverty reduction.