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Linking Social Protection and Agricultural Production: The Case of Mexico

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  • Ryan Nehring



The current discussions about how to tackle hunger in developing countries highlight the adoption of a two-track approach as an effective framework (FAO, 2011). This strategy uses a combination of providing immediate emergency access to food for the poor people while and supporting a sustainable rural development path as a long-term solution. Immediate assistance for access to food is being sought through social protection policies such as cash transfer schemes and in-kind subsidies. Likewise, support for agricultural prices and transfers aim to increase the availability and production of domestic agricultural products. However, the long-term approach to promoting sustainable development has yet to be realised or well defined. A sustainable development path should link social protection with support for smallholder production that has a two-fold effect in alleviating rural poverty and promoting stable food security. (?)

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Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Policy Research Brief with number 21.

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Length: 5
Date of creation: Jun 2012
Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth , June 2012, pages 1-5
Handle: RePEc:ipc:pbrief:21
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  1. Vargas-Hernández, 2005. "Questions of Ownership: Social Implications of the Mexican Privatisation Programme," Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(2), pages 221-238, December.
  2. Antonio Yunez--Naude, 2003. "The Dismantling of CONASUPO, a Mexican State Trader in Agriculture," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 26(1), pages 97-122, January.
  3. Jessica Erin Todd & Paul Winters & Tom Hertz, 2010. "Conditional Cash Transfers and Agricultural Production: Lessons from the Oportunidades Experience in Mexico," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(1), pages 39-67.
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