World Bank launches documentary on land management

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The World Bank launched a new documentary film in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the government’s Land Management (SLM) program.

The film entitled ‘Greening Ethiopia’s Highlands: A New Hope for Africa, was screened on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at the Radisson Blue Hotel.  
“The documentary that aims to show sustainable land management in Ethiopia, shows a glimpse of our developmental achievement,” said Tekalign Mamo, Advisor at Ministry of Agriculture. He added that the country has not reached its target but the film shows the improvement of the agricultural system and its ability to give better products.
The Sustainable Land Management Program (SLMP) launched by the Government about 7 years ago has played a key role in transforming degraded landscapes in rural areas and also made notable contributions to the large-scale re-greening of landscapes in six regions of the country, participants at the event said.
The World Bank, as requested by the government, shows in the documentary film, the success of the strategic vision and investments that Ethiopia has made in the sustainable management of its natural resources. It also shows its proposed solutions for regions like Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, SLLPR, Benishangul and Gambela
In a related development the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a USD 600 million International Development Association credit to Ethiopia for the Productive Safety Nets Project 4 (PSNP4). The funds will be used to expand access to safety net and disaster risk management systems, as well as provide nutrition services and income support to food insecure families living in rural Ethiopia.
Since its launch in 2005, the program has made notable contributions to reduce household vulnerability and food insecurity, improve resilience to shocks and promote sustainable community development in rural areas of Ethiopia. It focused on important public works resulting in improvements to rural infrastructure and enhanced access to education and health services. To mitigate the risk of economic and climate related shocks, the PSNP introduced soil and water conservation activities, small scale irrigation, and integrated watershed management.
PSNP4 builds on the 10 years of the program’s success and contributes to reducing poverty and promoting shared prosperity by providing a safety net for Ethiopia’s food insecure and most vulnerable people. To face the challenges of improving nutrition, PSNP4 will provide support to the nutritional goals of the country and address long-term income challenges. It will also support Ethiopia in building systems for social protection and disaster risk management. This will include investments in developing a national registry for social protection interventions and clients, improved management information systems, and efforts to modernize how payments are made.
“Since its launch nearly a decade ago, the Productive Safety Net Program has made unparalleled contributions not only to food security and Ethiopia’s progress in meeting many of the MDG goals, but to reversing land degradation,” said Guang Z. Chen, World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia. “PSNP4 will build on these successes, and also support the development of long-term social protection systems and disaster risk management. I am very pleased that the program will be expanded across the country to eventually reach up to 10 million people each year.”         
The PSNP4 will be implemented in 411 districts in Ethiopia, reaching up to 10 million food insecure people per year and includes a total budget of approximately USD 3.6 billion from the government and 11 development partners.