United Nations Development Programme, July 2011
Social protection policies seek to reduce the vulnerability of individuals and communities, both in the short and long term. This note focuses on risk management, aiming to provide guidance on how countries, communities and households can deal with food price shocks. As such, the note briefly discusses recent work on ex-ante and ex-post social protection mechanisms, as well as their rationale. It also explores the issue of social protection for food security, including the matter of seasonality, as well as the circumstances under which food aid can be effective.