Expanded productive safety net

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 30 September 2023 02:59

Description of the innovative solution

Animal feed Collaboration Community building Finance Food biodiversity Sharing economy Water availability Women empowerment Subsidy Technical training/support Food delivery Investment fund

There is a crucial need for safeguarding vulnerable individuals and families against catastrophic collapse in food access during periods of stress – both acute or prolonged. This innovation includes a range of options that could be applied to various community actors depending on their level of vulnerability and capacity to engage in community support during these periods. Multi-pronged interventions would include direct support (e.g. cash and/or food transfers at the individual, household and/or community level), in-kind resource payments (e.g. food, seeds, materials, skills trainings,) in exchange for local infrastructure support when possible (e.g. building roads, on-farm terracing), and credit incentives for producers to focus on high priority nutrition dense crops.

Supply chain segment

Financial aspects

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food affordability

SDG target

SDG 1: No Poverty SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 5: Gender Equality SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 10: Reduced Inequality SDG 13: Climate Action SDG 15: Life on Land



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Impacts of Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) on dietary health of households
Scientific paper
Examining the extent to which Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) has impacted household food insecurity and dietary health since its launch in 2005.
The contribution of Productive Safety Net Program for food security of the rural households in the case of Bale Zone, Southeast Ethiopia
Scientific paper
This study discusses the role of PSNP on the improvement in consumption needs and asset base of the households, effect on community development and determinants of food insecurity level of beneficiaries.


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