Food security and social protection in highland Ethiopia: linking the Productive Safety Net to the land question

Food security and social protection in highland Ethiopia: linking the Productive Safety Net to the land question

Author: 
Lavers, Tom
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2013
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Journal of Modern African Studies
Source: 
The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol 51, No. 3, September 2013, pp. 459-485
Abstract: 

While much recent research has focused on the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), this is by no means the only social protection policy in rural Ethiopia. Drawing on a very different rationale to the PSNP, the Ethiopian government also justifies state land ownership as a form of social protection for smallholders. This paper examines the links between these policies through a case study of an extremely food-insecure site. The paper concludes that while the PSNP and land policy together provide minimal security for landholders, land shortages and the problematic nature of agricultural production are such that there is little chance that the PSNP and its complementary programmes can achieve food security. As a result, the PSNP is used to support failing agricultural policies, limiting urban migration in the interests of political stability. These findings highlight the importance of situating safety net programmes within the socioeconomic context which generates insecurity.

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CITATION: Lavers, Tom. Food security and social protection in highland Ethiopia: linking the Productive Safety Net to the land question . : Cambridge University Press , 2013. The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol 51, No. 3, September 2013, pp. 459-485 - Available at: http://library.au.int/food-security-and-social-protection-highland-ethiopia-linking-productive-safety-net-land-question-4