ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia on Monday revealed plan to benefit some
250,000 urban dwellers through the urban safety net program
during the recently commenced Ethiopian 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Revealing the East
African country’s plan to provide support for some 250,000 urban
dwellers on Monday, Menen Meles, official at the Ethiopian Urban
Job Creation and Food Security Agency, indicated that Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa are among the 11 Ethiopian cities covered in
the safety net program.
launched in the second half of the last Ethiopian fiscal year,
envisaged to support the urban poor, who are facing challenges
of chronic food insecurity, towards self-sufficiency.
program’s ongoing performance, the Ethiopian government has
planned to expand the initiative to 972 towns in the coming ten
years period, it was indicated.
The program has been
commended by the Ethiopian government for achieving its targets
and lifting thousands of economically deprived urban dwellers
The program, during
the past six months of period, has benefited more than 189,000
urban poor, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) recently quoted the
agency as saying.
According to the
agency, some 159,000 beneficiaries were supported through job
opportunities provided as part of the program, while more than
30,400 elderly and people with disability benefited from food
The 450 million U.S.
dollars budgeted program, which invites beneficiaries to
participate in various developmental activities including
environmental rehabilitation and greenery, dry waste disposal,
and urban agriculture, envisaged to benefit close to 605,000
urban poor people in three years.