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Livelihood-Based Social Protection for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Success Stories form Malawi

Network Paper 01 July 2010








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    This document is part of a set titled "Ten debates on right to food and social protection – Learning from India's experience" that presents the major debates emerged during the development and adoption of the India’s National Food Security Act (2013). This set includes discussions on critical issues that different actors, who wish to develop food security and social protection strategies in their countries, will certainly have to deal with and provides a useful instrument to be used in study gro ups and strategy planning workshops. The Indian case is not presented either as a model to be emulated by other countries nor as a prescription, but rather as a reference and a fit case for a global discussion about state food provisioning as part of a larger framework of social protection. The debates are also available as a set of briefs at the following link: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4962e/index.html
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    As the quality of climate risk information and scientific forecasting has continued to improve, the imperative to act in advance of an imminent shock in order to protect people, assets and livelihoods has also gained notable attention and increasing investment. Recognizing this opportunity, some governments, and development and humanitarian partners are trying to gain a better understanding of the potential of social protection to deliver support ahead of a forecasted shock, including exploring options to systematically integrate anticipatory action approaches within existing national social protection systems. As such, this document discusses the conceptual and practical linkages between these two topics alongside presenting four country case studies, thereby contributing to the literature on how social protection and anticipatory action can protect agricultural livelihoods.

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