Ethiopia’s Urban Food Security Strategy to be Implemented in 2016

Ethiopia will implement its first urban food security strategy starting in February 2016 to improve social safety nets by 60 percent, labour markets by 30 percent and other areas of urban development by 10 percent.

The implementation will be supported by a 559 million dollar grant the World Bank is expected to approve on December 15, 2015. The Council of Ministers approved the strategy in May 2015.

Donor support will see the implementation through its first phase of five years in 11 cities, including Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, as well as the capitals of nine regional states. A total of 1.1 million people will be addressed in this phase; among these 800,000 people will be covered by the World Bank grant.

The strategy consists of three programmes, namely; the safety net programme, job creation and capacity building. The safety net programme will have two components; one is direct financial aid to elderly and disabled who have no capacity, while the second is support via community based participation.

Under the community based participation component of the safety net programme, job opportunities in areas such as irrigation development will be created, for those who can work. Training will also be given to enable those to have improved, to create their own businesses, develop business plans and foster entrepreneurship.

The Ethiopian Government’s vision is to reach middle-income status with an estimated gross national income per capita of US$1,560 by 2025. Urbanisation is, therefore, seen as an important catalyst to promote economic growth, create jobs and connect Ethiopians to prosperity.

Source: Addis Fortune

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