Food Security, Livelihoods and HIV: Challenges and Responses  SUSAT11

Non-Commercial Satellite Back
Venue: SR 9 (950)
Interpretation: None
Time: 11:15 - 13:15, 03.08.2008
Code: SUSAT11
Chairperson: Stephen Lewis, United States

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Session 1: An introductory overview to set the context and update the scientific and operational evidence base. What progress has been made in the last two years in furthering our understanding of the interactions between HIV, food and livelihood security -- and crucially, how to operationalize this dimension of a multisectoral AIDS response, at large scale? The presentation will include findings from recent research undertaken by RENEWAL and other stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa. Session 2: What are the implications of rising food prices for people's risks, vulnerabilities and impacts in the context of the AIDS epidemic? How to better understand and unravel the links and mitigate impacts? This presentation will address this pressing current issue in the context of the the nutritional and health status of poor, food-insecure and vulnerable communities. Session 3: This presentation will focus on a few interventions aimed at ensuring livelihood and food security in high endemic countries. It will bring to light programmes whose scale and coverage is significant enough to make a difference in peoples' livelihoods and food security status. This session will delve into lessons learned in the implementation of selected programmes. It will discuss the challenges, the costs and the benefits. The aim is to share ideas and experiences that can be applied in responding to AIDS in different geographical and socio-economic contexts. Session 4: HIV prevalence among many fishing communities around the world is particularly high. Most of the world's 250 million fisheries-dependent people, are mobile and often live in remote, marginal settlements, beyond the reach of government services. As HIV awareness has increased, efforts have turned towards addressing health, livelihood and food security needs of affected households and communities. Still missing are programmes to address the social conditions that drive vulnerability to HIV in the first place. This presentation draws on recent practice by partnerships of fishery management organisations, medical service providers, civil society organisations and social development programmes, in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, to emphasise the benefits of interventions that both address the social conditions that underly vulnerability to HIV, and strengthen resilience in the face of AIDS impacts. Session 5: Determining the most appropriate and effective forms of social protection for the ultra-poor in sub-Saharan Africa, as HIV interacts with other drivers of poverty to simultaneously destabilize livelihoods systems and family and community safety nets. A new focus on the vulnerability of families, and threats to the human capital of children with lifelong and intergenerational consequences, has accelerated international and regional commitments to social protection programs in heavily AIDS-affected countries. This session will review major ongoing operational debates on cash and food transfers and other policy instruments, with a special emphasis on children affected by AIDS.


Presentations in this session:

HIV, livelihoods and food security: an overview
Stuart Gillespie, Switzerland

Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of High Food Prices on Nutritional Status and Health
Martin Bloem, Italy

Food security and livelihoods support in hyperendemic areas
Fadzai Mukonoweshuro, Zimbabwe

Livelihood and clinical support in mobile and transient fishing communities
Janet Seeley

Social protection: challenges and responses
Michelle Adato, United States



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