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Provision of essential agricultural inputs for returning war-affected internally displaced persons in the north of Sri Lanka

Provision of essential agricultural inputs for returning war-affected internally displaced persons in the north of Sri Lanka

Full title of the project:

Provision of essential agricultural inputs for returning war-affected internally displaced persons in the north

Target areas:

Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya districts of Northern Province

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 6 199 999
Implementation:
05/11/2010-04/07/2013
Project code:
OSRO/SRL/006/USA
Objective:

To improve food security and reduce the economic vulnerability of conflict-affected families in Northern Province.

Key partners:

Department of Agriculture in Northern Province; Department of Animal Production and Health in Northern Province; and Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

58 158 returnee farming households

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 120 521 bushels (20.5 kg each) of paddy seed to 16 330 households, as well as 9 000 tarpaulins and 200 airtight storage containers to support paddy production.
  • Distributed 207 159 kg other field crop (OFC) seeds to 14 392 households.
  • Distributed vegetable seed kits to 27 893 households and fruit seedlings to 9 697 households (of which 8 316 also received coconut seedlings).
  • Provided 47 524 seed/seedling recipients with agricultural tools specific to their livelihood activities and distributed 4 400 water pumps.
  • Provided 6 432 households (45 percent female-headed) with poultry packages and 150 households with goats.
  • Rehabilitated 285 wells used for food production and installed 40 sprinkler irrigation schemes.
  • Provided technical assistance to beneficiaries on crop establishment and management, conservation agriculture farming methods, post-harvest losses, marketing and seed preservation and storage.
  • Trained poultry recipients on backyard poultry keeping and goat recipients on goat rearing and management practices.
Impact:
  • Re-established beneficiaries’ agriculture-based livelihoods and increased household food security, nutrition and income-generating opportunities.
  • Cultivated 60 109 tonnes of rice on 39 051 acres of abandoned paddy fields and 7 972 tonnes of OFC on 6 365 acres of abandoned highland.
  • Established a stable water source for irrigation through the renovation of wells and the provision of water pumps and sprinkler schemes.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ knowledge of improved crop production practices, backyard poultry keeping and goat rearing.