The Impact of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme on the Nutritional Status of Children: 2008–2012
This IFPRI report examines the impact of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), a large-scale social protection intervention aimed at improving food security and stabilizing asset levels, on children’s nutritional status over the period 2008–2012. The assessment pays particular attention to the targeting of the PSNP and how payment levels have evolved over time. Using inverse-probability-weighted regression-adjustment estimators, authors find no evidence that the PSNP reduces either chronic or acute undernutrition, and suggest that the lack of improved consumption for children (no difference in intake of pulses, oils, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, or animal-source proteins) and minimal contact between mothers and health extension workers regarding feeding practices may be primary issues. These and other issues have informed adjustments to the PSNP.