The European Union allocates 58 million Euros (1.276 billion Birr) to improve Food Security in Ethiopia (11/02/2011)
The European Union allocates EUR 58 million (1.276 billion Birr) to support Food Security in Ethiopia through the development partners' funded Productive Safety Net Programme.
Chronic poverty and food insecurity remains a challenge in Ethiopia where 35% of rural households live below the food poverty line. Most of them are engaged in subsistence farming on small plots of degraded land where they are extremely vulnerable to weather fluctuations, these factors limiting their capacity to fully meet their most basic consumption needs even in years when rainfall is adequate.
The Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), implemented with the support of development partners including the EU, has been initiated in 2005 and since then is progressing in enabling the food insecure population in about 300 woredas (districts) in the country (7,4 million beneficiaries in 2010), in preserving their assets and in building community assets which create more favourable environmental conditions for improving and increasing their production capacity. Including this last decision, the amount committed by the EU to the PSNP since 2006 has now reached the total figure of EUR 241,3 million, 66% of which actually disbursed.
The objective of the PSNP is to achieve food sufficiency for chronic and transitory food insecure households.
The intervention focuses on four main areas:
- Guaranteeing appropriate, timely and predictable transfers of cash and/or food;
- Building community assets of adequate quality and ensuring appropriate management mechanisms:
- Enhancing government's capacity to address transitory cash and food needs through a newly designed Risk Financing Mechanism;
- Strengthening institutional capacity to manage the programme.
The decision to allocate EUR 58 M to the programme is yet another demonstration of EU's continued commitment to support the Government of Ethiopia in its endeavour to reduce poverty