WHY CHILD PROTECTION AND FOOD SECURITY ARE LINKED
Conflict, climate shocks, and COVID-19 continue to increase food insecurity around the world, leaving an estimated 283 million people acutely food insecure or at high risk in 2021. Food insecurity erodes families’ resilience and forces them to use strategies that permanently undermine their future food security and their children’s protection and well-being.
Evidence shows that food insecurity leads to increased vulnerability for children, particularly girls. It can create and exacerbate child protection risks such as family separation, child labor, recruitment and use by armed forces and armed groups, psychological distress, neglect, child marriage, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence.
A NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVE
The Global CP AoR and Plan International are launching a global initiative to enhance field support and coordination between child protection and food security sectors and promote shared outcomes for children. By working closely with country colleagues, CP AoR Help desks and Rapid Response Team, this initiative will provide practitioners with tools and resources to integrate child protection and food security responses. The initiative will document country case studies, develop programmatic tools and advocacy briefs, and provide technical support to humanitarian operations.
This initiative reinforces the centrality of child protection in humanitarian action and will contribute to Pillar Four: Working Across Sectors of the Minimum Standards of Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS).
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more about the linkages between child protection and food security:
For more information on the global initiative, please contact: Yang Fu, Yang.Fu@plan.de, Child Protection in Emergencies (Food Security) Specialist.