This new book brings together a wide diversity of research works looking at the effects of food security interventions broadly, and the Ethiopian Productive Safety Net Programme in particular. The volume studies effects on individual households, communities, regions and the country as a whole, and thus provides a springboard for wider public debate and reflection.
Food security in Ethiopia
Hunger and food shortages have been endemic in rural Ethiopia for countless generations. Nevertheless, it was not until the mid-1970s, following the fall of the imperial regime and its replacement by the military government, the Derg, that food security became a concern in public policy discourse.
A variety of program initiatives were put in place to tackle the problem. Since then, there has been increased awareness of the complex causes of food shortages, accompanied by a growing determination on the part of decision-makers to bring to an end the blight of hunger and malnutrition that has been so much a part of the daily lives of millions of poor and vulnerable people in Ethiopia.
This book stems from the LEAFS (Linking Emergency Assistance with Food Security) project, which sought to understand linkages between the global and local levels in food security policy and practice. The project includes local level research by PhD students in two weredas of Amhara Region.
The LEAFS project was initiated in 2007 as a collaborative project between Disaster Studies at Wageningen University and the Department of Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development at Bahir Dar University, and funded by WOTRO/Wotro.