Sri Lanka

WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, June 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

  • 1 in 6 children (15%) are acutely malnourished (wasting)

  • Sri Lanka ranks 4th of 184 countries prone to climate shocks (Global Climate Risk Index)

  • US$ 1 m six months (July - December 2018) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

  • WFP and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition, Indigenous Medicine (MoH) conducted a consultative workshop on food fortification, a vital requirement that the government is exploring as a form of tackling malnutrition (wasting) rates in the country. The 29 June workshop brought together technical experts on food quality and safety with regional expertise.

  • WFP participated in the Africa Sun Business Network (SBN) meeting to learn from countries in the region on mechanisms to establish the SBN. Sri Lanka is exploring opportunities to engage the private sector in contributing to address the high levels of malnutrition in the country.

  • WFP and the Government are continuing to implement resilience-building and livelihood development activities in 55 village clusters, in 13 of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka, with funding support from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
    Especially for shock prone parts of the country, the project builds community resilience through the rehabilitation of bands and micro tanks that provide irrigation for agriculture production to combat the drought and floods. Further, women and youth received skills and vocational training linked with market for alternative income generation diversifying family livelihood. A total of 10,500 people (2,630 families) receive assistance with priority given to families with disabled members, widows and elderly.

  • The national crop forecast provided an improved outlook for the Yala (secondary harvest season) predicting that the total rice production in year 2018 is sufficient until end 2018, an improvement compared to the failure of the Maha 2018 (main harvest season) due to drought conditions. There is an exceptionally high increase of vegetable prices of 30-108 percent in comparison to last year.

  • National Nutrition Month: The Health Ministry has declared the month of June every year as the National Nutrition Month with the goal of promoting better nutrition among the population. Special programmes were planned to educate the people to improve nutritional standards and create a conceptual change. Under the theme of ‘proper way to reduce abdominal fat’ a pressing problem in country, the advocacy initiative was launched by Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Brenda Barton, WFP Representative. WFP also provided support for Nutrition Month through an island-wide healthy recipe competition.

  • WFP together with Dialog Axiata, the largest mobile service provider in the country is enabling ‘emergency responders connected mechanism’. The partnership will tap into increased telecommunication technology for emergency preparedness and response initiatives through disseminate early warning messages, enable distribution of cash assistance using mobile money, real-time data capture during field assessments, enable community feedback mechanisms, and digital identity.