Strengthening resilience of rural households through improved social protection

PIM’s research on social protection, led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in partnership with governments and development agencies, has supported increased investment in social protection programs, reaching roughly 8 million beneficiaries in Ethiopia, more than one million beneficiaries in Bangladesh, and more than one million in Tanzania. The new PIM Outcome Note summarizes these achievements. 

Picture-based crop insurance: Is it feasible? Is it sustainable?

Millions of smallholder farmers around the world lack access to affordable insurance - their farms are often too small and too remote for insurers to economically verify damage. In collaboration with the private sector and the development community, researchers have been looking for alternative types of insurance that do not require insurance companies to verify damage on a case-by-case basis.

Nutrition behavior change communication causes sustained effects on infant and young child nutrition knowledge

Behavior change communication (BCC) can improve infant and young child nutrition knowledge, practices, and health outcomes. However, few studies have examined whether the improved knowledge persists after BCC activities end. The new paper assesses the effect of nutrition sensitive social protection interventions on IYCN knowledge in rural Bangladesh, both during and after intervention activities.

Journal article: Aspirations and the role of social protection: Evidence from a natural disaster in rural Pakistan

Citizens’ aspirations are increasingly recognized as an important dimension of their well-being. Those with high aspirations set ambitious goals for themselves, and those with low aspirations may fall prey to a poverty trap. Do natural disasters negatively impact aspirations? If so, can governments blunt these effects? The new article in the World Development by Katrina Kosec and Cecilia >> Read more

Making social protection more nutrition sensitive: why should we care?

Harold Alderman, IFPRI’s Senior Research Fellow whose research on linkages between social protection and nutrition PIM supports, gave an overview presentation titled ‘Making social protection more nutrition sensitive’ at the FAO/WHO International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition that took place at the FAO Headquarters in Rome on December 1-2.