ISBN 9789994450473
Pages 624
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2013
Publisher Forum for Social Studies, Ethiopia
Format Paperback

Food Security, Safety Nets and Social Protection in Ethiopia

edited by Dessalegn Rahmato, Alula Pankhurst, Jan-Gerrit van Uffelen

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, and 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 and 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 the country.

This book stems from the LEAFS (Linking Emergency Assistance with Food Security) project initiated in 2007 as a collaborative project between Wageningen University Disaster Studies Department and Bahir Dar University Department of Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development. The project sought to understand linkages between the global and local levels in food security policy and practice, and included local level research by PhD students in two weredas of Amhara Region. This resultant volume this brings together a wide diversity of research works, many of which were specifically commissioned, looking at the effects of food security interventions broadly, and the PSNP in particular, on individuals households, communities, regions and the country as a whole, providing a springboard for wider public debate and reflection.

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About the Editors

Dessalegn Rahmato

Dessalegn Rahmato won the 1999 Prince Claus Award in recognition of significant achievements in the field of research and development. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Forum for Social Studies, and was formerly its Executive Director. He has published on land and agrarian issues, food security, environmental policy, and poverty in Wollaita. His current research is on civil society and democratisation.

Alula Pankhurst

Alula Pankhurst is Young Lives Ethiopia Country Director. His research interests include migration and resettlement, poverty and social exclusion, community institutions, customary dispute resolution, and children’s well-being.

Jan-Gerrit van Uffelen

Jan-Gerrit van Uffelen is Food Security Research Coordinator at Wageningen University, Disaster Studies, managing the Linking Emergency Assistance to Food Security project. His research interests include refugees, displacement and repatriation, disaster relief and reconstruction, and global food security.

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