GCCA+ in Ethiopia: Mainstreaming of Climate Smart Planning and Implementaion approaches into the Productive Safety Net Programme IV (PSNP IV)

At a glance

Duration
2018-01-01 to 2022-01-12
Status
Active programmes
Country
Ethiopia
Total budget
9,00 M€
Sector(s)
GCCA priority area(s)

In Ethiopia, about 84% of the poor are located in rural areas, a large majority depending on agriculture for employment and income. Agricultural growth thus offers a strong potential for poverty reduction in the country, but also risks related to failure of the local economy, leading to vicious cycles of poverty and food insecurity. Climate change and environmental degradation are identified as the biggest challenges to Ethiopian agriculture and poverty alleviation efforts. As such, Ethiopia ranks 20th on the GCCA+ Index among the Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States.

The Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) is central to the Ethiopian food security strategy, and aims at moving about 10 million people out of chronic food insecurity by 2020. The program, now in its 4th phase since 2005, aims at addressing the root causes of food and livelihood insecurity through transfers to food insecure households in the most vulnerable woredas, and undertaking public works determined at community level. 

Ethiopia’s PSNP implements about 45,000 small community projects every year - most of which focus on restoring the natural environment alongside reducing food gaps for vulnerable households.

 

Countries
GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
9,000,000.00 €

Objectifs spécifiques

The specific objective is to strengthen mainstreaming of climate smart planning and implementation and enhance resilience to climate change among the targeted PSNP beneficiaries.




Produits

Output 1) Climate smart approaches and methodologies are mainstreamed into the PSNP planning and implementation processes,

Output 2) Enhanced institutional and technical implementation and monitoring capacity to respond to climate change risks/opportunities, and

Output 3) Improved documentation and dissemination of evidences generated through the action to support sector dialogue and leverage climate finance.




Activités

Under Output I: Climate smart approaches and methodologies are mainstreamed into the PSNP planning and implementation processes. Based on the experiences from Climate Smart Initiative (CSI) and the Ethiopia Global Climate Change Alliance/Sustainable Land Management Program (GCCA-E/SLMP), the action aims at supporting integration of adaptation and long term resilience efforts through different dimensions: supporting climate-smart analysis and planning processes at the watershed level; piloting of climate-smart activities; conducting research and studies and reflecting on and synthesizing learning to inform integration of climate change in PSNP.

Under Output II: Enhanced institutional and technical implementation and monitoring capacity to respond to climate change risks and opportunities. Success scaling up relies on adequate capacities at institutional and community level. Yet, individual, institutional and systemic capacities to assess and manage risks related to climate change and agricultural intensification, in line with CSA principles and capacity of locally available lands are not sufficiently developed. Also, in order to assess whether these adaptive management strategies or other CSA modifications are successful, indicators and other metrics should also be developed to provide relevant feedback for decision-making.

 

Under Output III: Improved documentation and dissemination of evidence generated through the action to support sector dialogue and leverage climate finance. Consolidation of field level experiences and existing evidence through integration into the PSNP is expected not only to reduce climate vulnerability at scale, but also to take advantage of market and donor interest in carbon projects that offer co-benefits. Awareness on the accrued benefits climate smart should be provided to all stakeholders at federal and regional level.