The Productive Safety Net Programs (PSNPs) implemented during the past years have built Ethiopia’s capacity in coping with drought, according to the Ministry of Farming and Natural Resources.
The Ministry, in partnership with federal agencies and donors, is reviewing the implementation of the concluded third phase of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP-III) today.
Se’ada Kedir, State Minister of Farming and Natural Resources, on the occasion said that the program helped beneficiaries cope with natural disasters, including last year’s El-Nino triggered drought.
The fourth-phase of the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP-IV), which is part of Ethiopia’s second Growth and Transformational Plan (GTP-II), was launched last year.
According to the State Minister, about 7.9 million people, including 1.3 million elders, have benefited from the first-year implementation of PSNP-IV.
PSNP-IV will run for a period of four years, it was noted.
Established in 2005, PSNP is aimed at enabling the rural poor facing food insecurity to resist shocks, create assets and become food self-sufficient.