Seasonality and Social Protection in Africa

This Working Paper draws on nearly twenty years of research in several African countries, on the inter-related themes of food insecurity, seasonality, coping strategies, famine, formal and informal safety nets, and social protection. The paper has three objectives: 1. to document and synthesise evidence on the nature and consequences of seasonality across rural Africa, highlighting the similarities and convergences across contexts; 2. to explore the various policy interventions that have been implemented in response to seasonality, with particular reference to the emerging social protection agenda; 3. to argue that current approaches to social protection are misconceived and inadequate for addressing the seasonal dimensions of rural vulnerability.

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