Webinar “Social Protection and the Strengthening of Family Farming”
The third virtual seminar of “The Brazilian Experience on Social Protection Programs” series – and the first in French – took place on December 1st, 2016. Read the event’s summary and watch the recording
The importance of integrating the support to family farming and national social protection systems was the main theme of the webinar “Social Protection and the Strengthening of Family Farming”, held on December 1st by the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty (WWP) in partnership with the socialprotection.org platform. Through Brazil and Senegal’s examples, the panelists showed how the two countries benefit by coordinating strategies in both areas (see the full webinar recording at the end of this page).
“We are not saying social protection will replace family farming and everything will be solved. On the contrary, it’s a matter of recognizing and working to ensure that social protection and support for family farming can be complemented and reinforced mutually”, said Darana Souza, Social Protection Officer of the Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
In her presentation, she explained the conditions for integrating both areas, detailing the Brazilian case with the Food Purchase Program (PAA), which has allocated food to vulnerable people and strengthens family farming through public purchases since 2003.
The ties between Brazil and Senegal are particularly strong in the food security field. The African country was inspired by the Brazilian PAA, starting a pilot project in one of its poorest regions in 2012 with the support of PAA Africa, an international joint initiative implemented in five countries of the continent.
Since the creation of the “Emerging Senegal Plan” – which traces the country’s human and economic development path up to 2035 – Senegal has evolved to create an integrated system of social protection. The key program is the Social Security Grant (Bourse de securité familiale), whose intersection with other policies was detailed in the presentation of Amadou Kanar Diop, Operations Manager in the General Delegation for Social Protection and National Solidarity of the Presidency of Republic of Senegal.
“(The aim is) not to have a project that is only interested in agricultural production, a project that is interested in food security and another that considers only social protection. But a project that in its elaboration and structuring allows taking into account these three aspects”, said Amadou.
This webinar was the third of “The Brazilian Experience on Social Protection Programs” series and the first in French, language for which all the WWP content will soon be available. The next virtual seminar is scheduled for the end of January, 2017. To know more first-hand, subscribe to the initiative’s quarterly Newsletter.
Meet our panelists and moderator
Amadou Kanar Diop Operations Manager at the General Delegation for Social Protection and National Solidarity / Presidency of the Republic of Senegal
Holding a Master in Sociology applied to the evaluation of Public Policies from the University of Tours and Communications at the University of Lyon, Amadou has over 10 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and development projects and programs. Among others, he assured the M&E of the Agricultural Services Program and Producer’s Organization of the Ministry of Agriculture (2007-2011). He was the Executive Secretary of the African Federation of Trade Actors in Agricultural Inputs, in Mali (2003-2005), and the Communications Officer of the National Company of Rhône. Since 2013, Amadou assures the monitoring of the country’s conditional cash transfer program (Bourse de Sécurité Familiale).
Darana Souza Social Protection Officer of the Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
With over than 10 years’ experience on social policies, rural development and food security in Latin America, Africa and Asia, Darana has contributed with technical inputs to the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger and to the Brazilian Ministry of Agrarian Development. She has coordinated Brazil-Africa collaboration projects, some involving Senegal. Prior to joining FAO, Darana has also worked at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG / UNDP), the World Food Program (WFP), Action Against Hunger (ACF), among others. She holds a Master’s degree in sustainable development and agriculture and a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences.
Mario Györi Research Associate at UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)
Mario’s work focuses on social protection programs and the monitoring and evaluation of public policies.
He is mainly involved in the M&E of the PAA Africa project, a combined school-feeding and agricultural support program implemented in five African countries. His newest research project investigates on the impacts of a Social and Behavior Change Communication campaign to improve child health in rural areas of Mozambique. Besides his position at IPC, Mario is a part-time PhD student at the Social Policy Department of the London School of Economics. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Lund University (Sweden) and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). Before joining the IPC-IG, he accumulated professional experience at the German Embassy in Buenos Aires, the OECD, and the NGO ‘Innovations for Poverty Action’ in Lima, Peru.