Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) Ethiopia Country Plan

Speeches Shim

The Feed the Future (2018-2023) Country Plan for Ethiopia was co-written by USG interagency involved in
food security and nutrition work after extensive consultation with stakeholders from government ministries,
private companies, universities, research institutes, international and local NGOs, donors and international
organizations and was given extensive review and commentary by USG interagency partners in
Washington, DC. As a living document, it is intended to be updated as needed in consultation with those
parties over time.

The Ethiopia country plan is informed by performance impact, and population-based data and analysis of
the first phase of the Feed the Future initiative (2010-2015); program evaluations; market analysis of the
targeted agro-ecological zones and socio-economic factors impacting poverty, nutrition and resilience; and
stakeholder consultations. The strategy reflects changes that have already been made to programming in
2015-2018 as a result of the lessons learned from the first phase of the Feed the Future initiative. Key
changes to the approach include: modifying the zones around urban centers of strategic importance; greater
layering and sequencing of activities across technical areas of investment to deepen impact; and addition of
a new value chain to increase female-led resiliency and income. The United States Government (USG)
Food Security team at Post employs a Collaborative, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach using realtime
information and analysis to monitor performance and adjust activities to maximize investments, and
respond to emerging opportunities and challenges.

The Country Plan serves as an overarching framework for integrated food security and nutrition
programming. Informed and guided by the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS), the plan is intended to
describe the key drivers of food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty in Ethiopia. These key drivers stem
from a complex set of underlying conditions that exist at the individual, household, community and system
level. At the design and procurement stages, the targeting, results framework and program components will
require further refinement to operationalize integrated and holistic approaches. Interventions at all levels
will need to work in complement to each other to sustainably tackle food insecurity, malnutrition and
poverty. In particular, the most vulnerable and poor populations do not have sufficient assets, skills, and
capabilities to participate in market operations. These populations will need to be supported to develop
capacity over time to participate in value chains so that they can become a viable livelihood option. As
programming is refined through the design, procurement and implementation processes, selected value
chains will explicitly prioritize inclusive growth and interventions will include support to the most
vulnerable and poor populations to enable them to graduate into selected value chains and benefit from the
livelihoods and market development activities.

Budget assumptions for interagency contributions to this plan reflect the FY 2017 level and FY 2018
President's Budget, based on information publicly available at the time this document was prepared. Out
year budget assumptions reflect the FY 2018 and FY 2019 President's Budget. Any funding beyond FY
2017 is subject to the availability of funds, as determined by the President's Budget and a Congressional
appropriation. Budget assumptions may require revision in the future, based on future President's Budgets.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:30am

Last updated: September 26, 2018