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Improvement of food security and livelihoods in Northern Sri Lanka (Phase 1 & 2)

Improvement of food security and livelihoods in Northern Sri Lanka (Phase 1 & 2)

Full title of the project:

Improvement of food security and livelihoods in Northern Sri Lanka (Phase 1 & 2)

Target areas:

Northern Province of Sri Lanka

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 025 561
Implementation:
01/12/2010-30/04/2012
Project code:
OSRO/SRL/007/NOR
Objective:

To improve food security and reduce economic vulnerability of returnees in Northern Province of Sri Lanka for a total of 13 000 (Phase I 7 000 beneficiary households and Phase II 5 500 beneficiary households).

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture of the Northern Provincial Council.

Beneficiaries reached:

17 552 vulnerable farming households and 41 agriculture, livestock and fisheries societies.

Activities implemented:
  • 7 646 paddy farmers cultivated a total of 14 221 acres of previously abandoned paddy land with the paddy seeds provided through this project (Phase 1).
  • Vegetable seed packets provided to 9 998 households, out of which 9 984 households also received a combination of fruit seedlings and 9 600 received compost. In total, 12 000 households provided with a tool package (Phase 1).
  • 3 391 acres of previously abandoned highland cultivated by 8 606 OFC farmers with the OFC seeds provided through this project (Phase 1), and 2 373 acres of highland cultivated by 5 536 OFC farmers with the seeds provided through this project (Phase 2).
  • Livelihoods of 2 600 of the most vulnerable of the targeted beneficiary households (primarily female-headed) strengthened and diversified through provision of a poultry package (Phase 1).
  • Value addition, processing equipment and tools, and post-harvest equipment provided to agriculture, livestock and fisheries households, and Community-Based Organizations (Phase 2).
Impact:
  • Improved food security and reduced economic vulnerability of 17 552 returnee households in total in northern Sri Lanka.
  • Small-scale poultry production enabled vulnerable women-headed households to have increased access to diversified food, and to engage in small incomegenerating opportunities from the sale of surplus eggs and roosters.
  • Agricultural production enhanced through provision of selected range of farm machinery, water pumps, and value addition equipment to farmers, women’s organizations and households for home-based value addition processing.