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Identifying and reaching vulnerable groups

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Maya Takagi
IFPRI-FAO conference, "Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition"
November 28–30, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

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Identifying and reaching vulnerable groups

  1. 1. Identifying and reaching vulnerable groups Maya Takagi FAO Session A: Leaving No One Behind 28-30 November 2018
  2. 2. Key Messages for Leaving No One behind: Inclusive Acceleration • Poverty and Malnutrition are intrinsically linked • Poorest of the poor tend to be the last ones to be included, even in universal policies • Unless we take specific action, poorer and most vulnerable will continue to be left behind • Agriculture and food systems have a key role for acceleration of poverty reduction – needs to be pro-poor
  3. 3. Poverty and Malnutrition are intrinsically linked: • Extreme poverty is a key determinant of hunger and nutritional status linked to minimal or inadequate access to income, essential health services, basic infrastructure (utilization) • Most dimensions of FSN show wide disparities/inequalities between wealthier and poorer countries, as well as within countries, between urban/rural, within regions, and by income, gender, age and ethnicity. • Indigenous peoples tend to be poorer and mostly affected by discrimination, violence, assimilation policies in the education and health systems, and the dispossession of land and denial of land rights.
  4. 4. Poorer children more likely to be stunted
  5. 5. Some considerations • Wealthier households usually capture public services--universal service systems are inherently pro rich unless specifically pro poor; universal strategies need to be focused on the poor • Focusing on the poor is more expensive and harder • Address demand side constraints • This means targeting—and targeting works • Redistributive justice—in income and assets (returns to labor, land and livestock) is the trickiest • Data and analysis—plenty on some aspects of inequality, less on others
  6. 6. Poorer children ultimately benefit less
  7. 7. 3 Taxation and public spending can reduce inequality
  8. 8. Who are the (rural) extreme poor today?• There are still 736 million extreme poor people - 10% of global population (using the $1.90 a day poverty line) • About 80% live in rural areas and 40% of live in forest and savannahs (SOFO 2018) • They live in different agro-ecological and population density contexts • They are often not ‘smallholders’ but landless, wage workers, forest dependent • Most of them engage in agriculture, but not only – they diversify due to seasonality, work conditions, income levels of agriculture • Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa • The ‘double bottom’ • Institutional fragility and conflict trap them in poverty
  9. 9. What have we learned in reducing (rural) extreme poverty? It first requires broad-based interventions • a country’s priority – from political leadership to all sectors of society: – clear policy direction and adequate means of implementation – effective and democratic institutions – incentives for multi-sectoral coordination – monitoring and evaluating progress • stimulating pro-poor economic growth and income generation opportunities – the role of equality of resources • minimum set of investments (in rural areas): infrastructure, basic services, education, health …
  10. 10. What have we learned in reducing (rural) extreme poverty? but reaching the extreme poor requires dedicated effort and comprehensive approaches • social assistance – cash transfers and other instruments – right to food • double inclusion (social protection and economic/productive inclusion) schemes - linking cash transfers with other types of support: livelihoods interventions, microfinance, skills building, nutrition interventions • articulate agricultural policies with poverty eradication and decent work promotion strategies (non-ag) – seasonality of agricultural work • fostering environmentally sustainable livelihoods: governance of tenure and preserve or revitalize natural resources • enhance preparedness, build resilience, as well as restore the livelihoods of people who have been affected by conflict or climate-related shocks - famine, earthquakes and extreme weather events NUTRITIONSENSITIVE
  11. 11. Unless we take specific action, poorer and most vulnerable will continue to be left behind • Some key points for discussion: • Transformation of food systems will have a key role in the evolution of all dimensions of FSN— how can food systems be inclusive and address FSN of poorest and most vulnerable? • Targeting is key – and also intersectoral coordination • Innovation has been highlighted as an important “accelerator” for FSN— how do we make sure that there are incentives for innovation that benefits (and does not harm) the poorest and most vulnerable? • Support to different forms of local collective action is important means of empowering poorest and most vulnerable communities, in order to strengthen voice in political, economic and policy processes, but often is neglected.
  12. 12. THANK YOU!! maya.takagi@fao.org; spl3@fao.org http://www.fao.org/reduce-rural-poverty/en/ This is the name of the Conference 1218 May 2015

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