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Developing Countries: Food

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of whether (a) the Food Security Programme and (b) the Productive Safety Net Programme set up by the Government of Ethiopia are viable models to be encouraged in countries facing similar food security issues; what assistance his Department has (i) offered and (ii) delivered (A) directly, (B) through the European Union and (C) through other international institutions to each programme; and if he will make a statement. (197031)

The Ethiopian Food Security Programme consists of three components: the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), the Other Food Security Programme and a programme of resettlement.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has supported the PSNP since 2005. Since then, DFID has facilitated assessments of both the Food Security Programme and the PSNP. DFID has also supported the dissemination of lessons learned from PSNP to Southern African countries.

Since 2005, DFID has disbursed £92 million in support of the PSNP. These funds have been provided directly to the Government of Ethiopia.

DFID does not support the other components of the Food Security Programme.