Ethiopia plans to benefit 250,000 urban poor via safety net program

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-19 00:30:57|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia on Monday revealed plan to benefit some 250,000 urban dwellers through the urban safety net program during the recently commenced Ethiopian 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Revealing the East African country's plan to provide support for some 250,000 urban dwellers on Monday, Menen Meles, official at the Ethiopian Urban Job Creation and Food Security Agency, indicated that Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa are among the 11 Ethiopian cities covered in the safety net program.

The program, launched in the second half of the last Ethiopian fiscal year, envisaged to support the urban poor, who are facing challenges of chronic food insecurity, towards self-sufficiency.

Evaluating the program's ongoing performance, the Ethiopian government has planned to expand the initiative to 972 towns in the coming ten years period, it was indicated.

The program has been commended by the Ethiopian government for achieving its targets and lifting thousands of economically deprived urban dwellers towards food-security.

The program, during the past six months of period, has benefited more than 189,000 urban poor, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) recently quoted the agency as saying.

According to the agency, some 159,000 beneficiaries were supported through job opportunities provided as part of the program, while more than 30,400 elderly and people with disability benefited from food supplies.

The 450 million U.S. dollars budgeted program, which invites beneficiaries to participate in various developmental activities including environmental rehabilitation and greenery, dry waste disposal, and urban agriculture, envisaged to benefit close to 605,000 urban poor people in three years.