FANTA Staff Mark World Food Day

Social protection and agriculture; breaking the cycle of rural poverty. 16 October 2015 - World Food Day. Photo of a man harvesting plants from water.

About one billion people in developing countries live in poverty today and about 795 million are undernourished, yet only 36 percent of the world population receive some form of social protection, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. To help lift people out of the cycle of poverty and prevent others from falling into it, social protection programs are needed to help manage risks and shocks when they occur, establish financial services for women, develop and grow agricultural assets, and more.

FANTA strives to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in developing countries by working to strengthen food security and nutrition policies, programs, and systems. For this year’s theme on World Food Day which, revolves around Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty, FANTA staff provided some responses on what we can do globally to break the cycle (seen below).

1 October 2015
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How do we break the cycle of rural poverty?

  • Man holding card that says "Female involvement in household planning"
  • Woman holding card that says "Incentivise Agriculture for the youth"
  • Woman holding card that says "Empower women in agriculture"
  • Man holding card that says "Strengthen Community Mobilisation for Mindset Transformation"
  • Man holding card that says "Initiate programs that target women"
  • Woman holding card that says "Our Food Our Nutrition Our Right! Say NO to Rural Poverty"
  • Woman holding card that says "Empower the household"
  • Woman holding card that says "Train farmers on modern farming methods."
  • Woman holding card that says "Universal primary & secondary education (from well paid teachers!)"
  • Man holding card that says "Better data analysis"
  • Woman holding card that says "Skills building for youth"
  • Woman holding card that says "Invest in early childhood development"
  • Man holding card that says "More girls in school"
  • Woman holding card that says "Nutrition education for families with young children"
  • Woman holding card that says "Empower women"
  • Woman holding card that says "social support systems, communication and understanding"
  • Three people holding card that says "1 Gender Equity, respect for women's right, no tolerance to gender based violence. 2 Respect for children's rights, all children should be able to attend school, no tolerance to children's violence"