|AUTHOR||Intergovernmental Working Group|
|ORGANIZATION||Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
This note explores the role that social safety nets, and more specifically food safety nets, can play in realizing the right to food. The paper begins by briefly presenting the concept of food security and the obligations of the State within the right to food framework. Then the concept of food safety nets from a rights-based perspective is explored. The paper concludes by providing a more technical discussion of the key criteria to take into account when choosing a particular design, and we provide a description of different kinds of programmes found around the world. Particular attention is paid to the choice between a cash or food-based transfer programme.