Ethiopia launches 2015/16 Interim Poverty Analysis Report

Addis Ababa, October 10, 2017 (FBC) –Ethiopia today launched its 2015/16 Interim Poverty Analysis Report.

The analysis was made by taking 30, 255 households as samples from all the nine regional states and the two city administrations of the country.

According to the interim report, head count poverty has declined from 29.6 percent in 2010/11 to 23.5 percent in 2015/16.

The 2015/16 survey showed  that between 2010/11 and 2015/16 about 5.3 million people have been lifted out of poverty.

Although both rural and urban areas witnessed a decline in poverty between 2010/11 and 2015/16, the decline was more pronounced in urban than rural areas, it said.

According to the report, poverty declined from 30.4 percent in rural areas in 2010/11 to 25.6 percent in 2015/16, while in urban areas, it decreased from 25.7 to 14.8 percent.

The interim report further indicated that the per capita GDP of the country has increased from about 142 US dollars in 2003/04 to about 794 US dollars in 2015/16.

Speaking at the launching event, Getachew Adem, State Minister of the National Planning Commission said the substantial decline in poverty is attributed to the pro-poor programs implemented over the past years.

The pro-poor program are expansion of improved agricultural technologies and farming practices, commercialization of smallholder farming, rural infrastructural development, the Productive Safety Net Programs (PSNP) and emergency aid during the drought years, among others.