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Project profile: Rebuilding Agricultural Livelihoods in Northern Sri Lanka - FAO

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Basic Information

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Start — End:
2011-03-15 — 2014-12-31



This is one component of a project coordinated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO that aims to directly support over 10,000 families displaced by the conflict in Northern Sri Lanka in rebuilding their agricultural livelihoods. The FAO component provides farm families with agricultural inputs (fruit tree seedlings and saplings, cattle, and goats), as well as technical assistance and training, to help them expand and improve their agricultural production. The project targets groups of farmers and farm organizations, including coconut and fruit tree growers and dairy livestock (cattle and goats) producers. The project also works with fishing communities in Mullaitivu District to increase fishery production and income through improvements to fish landing sites and other fishery infrastructure. The project focusses on the three northernmost districts of Sri Lanka (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and Mullaitivu), which suffered significant damage, particularly during the final stage of the conflict.


Private sector development
  • Agricultural development (031120): 20%
  • Fishery services (031391): 20%
  • Agricultural extension (031166): 15%
  • Agricultural water resources (031140): 15%
  • Food crop production (031161): 15%
  • Livestock (031163): 15%


Expected Results

This is a new feature, part of CIDA's efforts towards increasing transparency. Information will only be available for projects approved after October 15, 2011. For other projects, information on expected results is usually included in the description.

Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of April 2013 include: (i) providing 6,940 households tree saplings to establish home gardens and small orchards, with 100% of targeted nurserymen (four women and 16 men) receiving training and material support to establish commercial nurseries; (ii) providing materials to all targeted grape growers and providing them with support and training to establish grape cultivations; (iii) 96% of the dairy beneficiaries received dairy cattle leading to increased milk production and increased revenues; (iv) all 800 goat farmers in Jaffna and Kilonichchi completed shed construction, and received a 2,754 goats; and (v) providing baby fish to 13 village fishing groups, and building four seaside fish landing sites (used for fish cleaning and preparation).

These are contributing to increasing the opportunities for farmers in the North to improve their livelihoods.

Related Information


Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization2011-03-25Grant