World Vision Ethiopia signed a five years (2016-2020) Program agreement for the Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) with Oromia Regional State Sector Bureaus on January 3, 2017, at the Capital Hotel, Addis Ababa.
The project is part of the 175 million USD budget got from USAID on Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP). The total budget for the Oromia region for the five years is about 1.6 billion birr.
The agreement was signed with aim of Strengthening Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) Phase 4 Institutions and Resilience of the community by enhancing livelihoods, Increase resilience to shocks, and Improve food security and nutrition for rural households vulnerable to food insecurity.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Gutu Tesso, World Vision Ethiopia’s Acting Chief of Party, DFAP said “the proposed program is responsive to community needs, carefully aligned with (PSNP), and grounded in the depth of experience the partners have in the proposed target areas. We will work in collaboration with government institutions at all levels to develop and strengthen the resilience of the community and improve food security. ”
Dr. Teshome Adugna, Oromia Region plan and economic development commission, commissioner on his part stressed that the project needs to focus on the main problems in the region and sustain community’s resilience even after the project ends.
The project targets an estimated 713,891 direct PSNP clients and 518,517 non-direct beneficiaries in six of the most vulnerable woredas in Oromia, from East Hararge Zone (Kurfachelle, Girawa Woredas), West Hararge zone (Chiro Zuria, Daro Lebo and Gemechis Woredas) and West Arsi zone (Siraro Woreda). The woredas were selected in consultation with relevant government offices, with consideration of hot spot classification, percentage of the population engaged by the PSNP, and stunting and wasting rates. These are in addition to the already 24 woredas of the 15 Zones that World Vision is operating in.