Reeling families back from the edge of a hunger cliff

How Ethiopia’s social safety net is turning lives around

Martin Karimi
Jun 12, 2019 · 6 min read
Sahra Hassan is one of 8 million people across the country benefiting from the Government’s Productive Safety Net Programme. This programme is cushioning food insecure families from the harsh impacts of shocks such as droughts. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi

Protecting the most food-insecure people

PSNP aims to prevent families selling off precious assets when they are struck by drought or another type of shock. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi

Slowly rebuilding their livelihoods

This is my ‘remittance’

Shared facilities built under PSNP, such as water pans, classrooms and health clinics, ensure that services are close to the villages. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi

A firm foundation for a better future

Under PSNP, men and women come together to work on different ‘public works’ for five days a month. Photo: WFP/Martin Karimi

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