The Role of Productive Safety Net Programme in Empowering Women in Food Security the Case of Jamma Woreda, SouthWollo, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Ethiopia’s economy has been challenged by frequent food insecurity for decades as a result of many interrelated environmental, socio-economic and political reasons. The increasing severe food insecurity in recent years forced the Ethiopian government to develop the Food Security Strategy (FSS) that could provide social protection for the rural community. Food insecurity has a gender dimension. Women are the most vulnerable section of the society to food insecurity as they lack adequate access to productive resources, services and less participation decision making. The Strategy recognized the negative impacts of the existing gender inequality in achieving food security. Therefore, one of the food security programs, PSNP, is designed to address the gender disparities. The PSNP implementation manual (PIM) sets out the framework for gender mainstreaming in the program. This study is an assessment and evaluation based research that aimed at assessing the role of PSNP in empowering women in food security by examining the implementation of the program in Jamma Woreda of the Amhara Regional State. Qualitative and quantitative methods were employed to generate and analyze data. Drawn through purposive and convenience sampling techniques a total of 371 people participated in the study out of which 263 are in the household survey, 45 in the interview and 63 in the focus group discussion. The result of the research shows that PSNP has contributed in empowering women economically and in social aspects of their life. Women equally contribute to their community development by their participation in PW and able to generate income for their households. This in turn brought them personal empowerment, community recognition and respect. However, on the other hand the most important gender provisions have not been properly addressed in the implementation process. To attain the anticipated results of PSNP the implementers need to be trained on gender mainstreaming and be well informed about the content of the PIM. Revision of the PIM would be instrumental to clear some issues that have given loopholes for not implementing the provisions strictly. The monitoring and evaluation system need to be strengthened and include gender sensitive indicators



Gender Studies