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Food security in the Northern Province

Food security in the Northern Province

Full title of the project:

Food security in the Northern Province

Target areas:

Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 747 762
23/10/2013-31/12/2014
Project code:
OSRO/SRL/301/NOR
Objective:

To improve food security by increasing farmers’ income and strengthening local economies through sustainable groundnut cultivation.

Key partners:

Department of Agriculture. 

Beneficiaries reached:

6 616 farming households and seven small-scale businesses.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 6 331 households with groundnut seeds for commercial cultivation: 54 750 kg of seeds to 2 884 households for the Yala 2014 season and 60 000 kg of seeds to 3 447 households for the Maha 2014/15 season.
  • Provided 285 households with 12 000 kg of certified groundnut seeds to initiate quality seed production, as well as fertilizer, barbed-wire, tarpaulin sheets and sprinkler irrigation systems (based on need).
  • Trained 1 280 beneficiaries on groundnut cultivation, conservation agriculture and water management, and 134 beneficiaries on topics such as seed certification, production and post-harvest handling.
  • Established 33 field demonstration blocks to demonstrate integrated crop management and sustainable seed production to beneficiaries.
  • Distributed scales, gravity separators and plastic pallets to the Seeds Certification Service and nine farmers’ organizations to strengthen their capacity to support seed production.
  • Distributed groundnut processing equipment to seven small-scale businesses.
  • Conducted a market information event to establish/strengthen linkages among farmers/seed producers, collectors, processors and sellers.
Impact:
  • Cultivated 522 070 kg (Yala 2014) and an estimated 1 120 000 kg (Maha 2014/15) of groundnut on 2 869.25 acres.
  • Produced 74 250 kg (Yala 2014) and an estimated 110 000 kg (Maha 2014/15) of groundnut seeds on 300 acres.
  • Provided small-scale farmers with technical knowledge to improve productivity with certified seeds, in turn helping to foster demand for an expanded processing industry and initiate more value-addition activities.
  • Enabled the establishment of a longer-term, sustainable seed production system in the targeted districts.
  • Strengthened producers’ and processors’ linkages with markets.
  • Helped ensure the sustainability of project interventions by building the capacity of government support services.