Social protection in rural areas in the NENA Region—systems in place and estimated coverage

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This project aimed to support FAO’s Regional Office in NENA in generating knowledge about social protection programmes in rural Sudan, understand the state of social insurance for agricultural workers in the region and develop a toolkit to measure social protection coverage to report on SDG Target 1.3


Food and Agriculture Organisation Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (FAO NENA) , FAO Country Office in Sudan


Middle East and North Africa


Main Pillar

Knowledge Production

Thematic Area

Social Protection

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 - No Poverty

Project Results

Country studies and publications

The IPC-IG reviewed key concepts and proposed a methodology for assessing the coverage of social protection programmes, which is reflected in the project’s final report, the Social Protection Coverage Toolkit. In addition, it developed a country case study on social protection coverage in Sudan, based on the analysis of data from Sudan’s National Household Budget Survey 2014 and on information provided by government stakeholders during face-to-face consultations conducted in September 2019. Finally, the research team also supported FAO’s Regional Office in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) in producing a Working Paper on the current social insurance for agricultural workers in the region.


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