Improved irrigation practices will help increase crop yields
Rome, 30 January 2012 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$22.23 million loan to the Republic of Sri Lanka for improved irrigation infrastructure and crop diversification, and help create new market opportunities for smallholder farmers.
Asitha Perera, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, today signed the loan agreement for the Iranamadu Irrigation Development Project.
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The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has recently released the much-criticized report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC). The report came in the midst of international pressure on the GoSL for its alleged war crimes and human rights abuses.
The war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009 after nearly 27 years, having not only caused tremendous hardship to its people, but also fragmenting the relationships between the country’s Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities.
UNDP efforts to support the reconciliation process have helped children throughout the country to understand and accept each other’s traditions, cultures, and ways of life. Many children growing up in the shadow of the war had never met those from other parts of the country.
Colombo, 30 Jan 12
A major post-conflict home reconstruction and repair project in Sri Lanka marked its first anniversary this month with the announcement that to date 3,000 internally displaced families have so far been assisted.
This major milestone in the Support to conflict-affected people through housing project was due largely thanks to the support of the European Union in partnership with the Australian Government, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).
The CERF raised a record amount of US$465 million through the contributions of Member States, Observers, regional governments and the private sector. 2011 marks only the second time in the history of the Fund that it exceeded the $450 million target established for it by the General Assembly.
Additionally, $46.4 million was transferred from the CERF loan window to the grant window with the reduction of the loan element by the General Assembly.
In Ampara District in Eastern Sri Lanka, 27 women are doing remarkable things for their communities. K. Lalith Kulanayake ran for local elections recently, and made history as the first female to serve in a local government body in the remote division of Lahugala.
A.M. Mahira lifted the lid on the taboo subject of child abuse, and her awareness-raising efforts saw a drastic reduction in the number of incidents reported over the past six months in the division of Akkaraipattu.
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Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Nawalage Bennet Cooray handed over a donation of US $50,000 to that country’s Foreign Minister, Albert F. Del Rosario recently for relief operations in the wake of the enormous natural disaster suffered by the Philippines in recent weeks.
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 describes the daily situation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and women in more than 25 countries and territories beset by emergencies and crisis.
The government yesterday, (22 Jan) reintegrated another batch of 78 rehabilitated former Tamil Tiger members to the society, after successful completion of their rehabilitation programme.
At a ceremony held at the Batticaloa Municipal Council Hall in the Eastern Province, Deputy Minister of Resettlement Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan and Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera handed over the rehabilitated ex-combatants to their parents.
Ex-combatants also showcased their talents at a variety show organized at the event.
By Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, Jan 25, 2012 (IPS) - Experts agree that Sri Lanka's free pre and postnatal clinics across the island nation have helped bring infant mortality down to 15 per 1,000 live births and the under-five mortality rate to 21 per 1,000 live births.
But, beneath that general picture of success lie pockets of vulnerability where poverty and lack of awareness are causing high levels of malnutrition in this country, classified as a middle-income country by the International Monetary Fund in 2010.
Malnutrition is caused by inadequate dietary intake and disease, which in turn are caused by food insecurity, inadequate care and a poor health environment. In theory, cash transfers in emergency and transitional settings could address most if not all causes of malnutrition. However, attributing changes in nutritional status to interventions, including those using cash transfers, is extremely difficult.
BANGKOK, 25 January 2012 (IRIN) - About 150 asylum-seekers in Australia have suspended their hunger strike after accusing the government of reneging on a promise for community detention and bridging visas for long-term detainees who posed no risk, activists confirm.
At least 34 of the participants had been on hunger strike for a week.
"The ball is now in the government's court," Ian Rintoul, a spokesman for the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), told IRIN from Sydney. "I hope this will be followed by action and not just words."
Reintegration of former LTTE cadres is accelerated under the Government’s initiative to re-unite them with their relations.
Accordingly, 78 rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres were reintegrated to society on Sunday (Jan. 22) after successful completion of their rehabilitation programme.
Also, action has been taken to reintegrate another batch of ex-cadres on February 08, parallel to the ‘Deyata Kirula’ programme.
The Government of Japan has extended US$ 223,075 (approximately Rs.25million) grant aid for a reconstruction project in Killinochchi district in order to improve the living environment and livelihood of recent returnees in a conflict affected village in Kandavalai Divisional Secretary Division, Killinochchi.
Food prices fall at year’s end, but still at record highs
Bumper crops of cereals, sugar and oils led to a sharp decline in the FAO Food Price Index as 2011 drew to a close, but the Index’s average for the year was still a record high, and FAO analysts said near-term trends were difficult to predict.
December saw the FPI shed 5 points, or 2.4 percent, from November, finishing the year at 211 points. That represented a 27 point, or 11.3 percent fall from its peak in February 2011.
This report indicates the UN and NGO partner response to continuing humanitarian needs and early recovery concerns, in support to the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to rebuild the former conflict-affected regions. Activities show progress towards the sectoral priorities and goals described in the 2011 Joint Plan for Assistance
I. SITUATION OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS
Brief description of the country programme
Due to a vigorous government campaign and with international assistance to return IDPs as quickly as possible, the camps that were housing as many as 300,000 IDP are now closing down. However, many of the returnees are still unable to return to their homes due to the threat of mine and UXO contamination. Instead, many are now hosted by family or in social institutions in their home area.