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    Despite the significant progress in reducing poverty, the persistent threat of natural disasters, compounded by the country's vulnerability, continues to jeopardize these gains in the Philippines. Many households in disaster-prone areas hover precariously close to the poverty line, and the devastating impact of disasters on their assets, income, and well-being exacerbates this vulnerability. Anticipatory Action and adaptive and shock-responsive social protection emerge as critical approaches to mitigate the effects of disasters. Specifically, anticipatory cash transfers have shown promise in reducing asset and income losses for affected households. However, the effectiveness of such measures hinges on strengthening the existing social protection systems, improving data collection and coordination, and addressing policy gaps, such as the absence of clear cost-sharing rules and concerns over local government capacities. This investment case study has shown that the government has various effective and financially viable Anticipatory Action programming options at its disposal to reduce potential losses from natural disasters. While the choice of which options will be implemented in response to future emergencies lies with the government and the responding agencies, any effective and timely response will depend on the preparations and strengthening activities that will be carried out at the policy, program, and administrative levels over the coming years.
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    Transforming agriculture in South Sudan
    From humanitarian aid to a development oriented growth path
    2022
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    FAO teamed up with the World Bank on this strategic analysis of the investment, policy and institutional support needed to shift South Sudan’s agriculture sector from humanitarian relief to a development-oriented growth path. The team carried out a thorough review of lessons learned in South Sudan and other conflict-affected countries and held consultations with a wide range of stakeholders in the country. As a result, four complementary investment strategies were identified: agriculture production and food security; community resilience and social capital; value chain development and jobs; and peace consolidation. The authors advocate for combining these four strategies in a flexible way, depending on how the shocks currently affecting agriculture (conflict, violence, macro-economic instability, governance, natural disasters) evolve in the coming years. The Government of South Sudan and the World Bank consider this analytical work a milestone that will pave the way for future investments in agriculture and rural development in the country. This publication is part of the Country Investment Highlights series under the FAO Investment Centre’s Knowledge for Investment (K4I) programme.
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    Advancing parliamentary action for gender equality and investment in agrifood systems 2023
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    The number of people affected by conflicts, ecosystem-degradation, hunger and malnutrition increased considerably in 2020, disproportionally affecting women and other vulnerable groups – threatening their lives and livelihoods. As recognized at the United Nations Food Systems Summit in 2021, in order to build back better in times of global crises, it is critical to design sound gender-responsive, transparent and stable policies, and to create legal frameworks and incentives which are essential to enhancing responsible investment in agriculture and food systems. Through their legislative, advisory, budgetary and oversight responsibilities, parliamentarians hold a strategic position to inform political programmes which foster more inclusive and equitable investments in agriculture and food systems. Furthermore, joint initiatives like the Second Global Parliamentary Summit against Hunger and Malnutrition provide further opportunities to expand such political momentum.

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