Topic outline

This e-learning course explains how social protection programmes can improve food security and nutrition outcomes. It provides learners with the basis needed to understand the work modalities, purpose and usefulness of the Inter-Agency Social Protection Assessment – Food Security and Nutrition (ISPA-FSN) tool presented in the following course of this series: ‘The ISPA-FSN tool: Assessing social assistance programmes for better food security and nutrition’.


This course targets:

  • government employees and programme managers working for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour; and
  • government employees, national and international development practitioners and researchers working on food security, nutrition and social protection issues.

  • The basic concepts regarding food security, nutrition and social protection.
  • The linkages between social protection and nutrition outcomes, with a special focus on social assistance.
  • The usefulness of the ISPA-FSN tool for the assessment of social assistance programmes.

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    • Partners

      This course was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is based on the Inter-Agency Social Protection Assessment tool on Food Security and Nutrition (ISPA-FSN).

      The following organizations contributed to the development of the ISPA-FSN tool under the overall leadership of FAO: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), World Bank Group (WBG), Save the Children and World Food Programme (WFP).

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