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Chapter 9 – The Missing Link: Understanding the Role of Social Protection in Fostering Sustainable Food System Transformation in Africa

Key Messages

Social protection programs have positive effects on the capacity of farm households to become more productive and resilient; they are not simply safety net programs.
Youth livelihoods in Africa are intricately intertwined with the performance of AFSs. Hence, public investments that support broad-based agricultural productivity growth and resilience remain a crucial component of an effective youth livelihood strategy.
There are synergies and complementarities between social protection and community resilience providing unexploited opportunities to improve the functioning of food systems.