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Just for Grads

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:49 AM
If the goal of the Productive Safety Net Program is to help families preserve their assets during lean times and climatic or price shocks, a USAID-funded successor program aims to diversify and multiply them, graduating people from safety-net support altogether.

The new five-year GRAD program, which stands for Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development, aims to help 50,000 PSNP households in Amhara, Oromiya, Tigray and SNNPR regions turn the page on food insecurity altogether by linking them up to microfinance services and functioning markets, value chains and other agricultural investments in the more productive, neighboring areas – those supported by USAID under the U.S. Feed the Future initiative.

GRAD does so through a host of resiliency and sustainability strategies such as women’s empowerment, climate change adaptation, nutrition support, and modernization of agricultural extension.

“The GRAD Project is a perfect complement to the innovative safety net program led by the Government of Ethiopia. Our additional support will strengthen the financial skills and resources of vulnerable Ethiopians and, most importantly, lift them from a life of poverty,” says USAID/Ethiopia Mission Director Tom Staal.
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