The Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection (GFNSSP)

The Global Forum on Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection (GFNSSP) will meet in Moscow on 10 and 11 September 015 and WFP will be there. The Forum is being sponsored by the Russian Federation and the World Bank Group.

The Forum will bring together over 150 participants from national governments, non-governmental and international organisations to share information, evidence and experiences in successful nutrition-sensitive social protection programmes. 

What does nutrition-sensitive social protection mean for hunger and poverty?   

In times of crisis, when adequate social protection is lacking, households can adopt desperate measures that can have both immediate and long-term impacts on individual nutritional status. 

Nutrition-sensitive social protection targets the most vulnerable, and can be an important strategy to addressing the underlying causes of malnutrition.  Social safety nets can help tackle both the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition by reducing vulnerability, protecting incomes, crops and assets, ensuring basic needs can be met, securing access to a nutritious diet and supporting access to health services and safe drinking water and better sanitation.

What will WFP be doing at the Global Forum?

WFP provides assistance through food and cash transfers to the hardest to reach and most vulnerable populations in a wide range of contexts. WFP is participating in the Global Forum to share and showcase some of its most successful and innovative nutrition-sensitive social protection programmes to highlight the critical role WFP can play at country-level in supporting the design, development and implementation of effective social protection initiatives through its longstanding experience in this domain and its extensive outreach capacities and in-country experience. 

Presenting learned experiences and promoting cooperation

Sharing experiences and lessons learned from specific WFP programmes

WFP Country Office representatives will presenting information on the WFP Nutrition-Sensitive Urban Safety Net Programme in the Republic of Congo and the WFP Fresh Food Vouchers for Pregnant and Lactating Women programme in Syria.

WFP will also co-present the Kyrgyzstan component of the Partnership on Sustainable School Feeding Programmes and the Progresando con Solidaridad programme in Dominican Republic. The WFP Brazil Centre of Excellence will be co-presenting information on the Brazil Zero Hunger Strategy and Brazilian National School Feeding Programme (PNAE).  

Promoting South-South and Triangular Cooperation

WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, through its Partnership for National Social Development Initiatives (PNSDI), is facilitating the participation of the five partner African countries involved in the Project (The Gambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia). The government delegations, composed by high level and technical officials, will have the chance to share case studies, like Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Nets Programme (PSNP), contribute to the Forum’s discussions and work with WFP Centre on planning upcoming cooperation activities.

PNSDI is a recent partnership with DFID and Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, aiming at providing technical support and facilitating South-South Cooperation in broader food security-related social protection programmes for African countries.

Source: General