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WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, March 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

1 in 5 children (15%) are acutely malnourished (wasting) in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ranked 4th out of 181 countries prone to climate shocks (Global Climate Risk Index)

US$ 5.8 m six months April – September2018) net funding requirements, representing 33% of total requirement for 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP and ILO jointly launched the project ‘EMPOWER’, an 18-month project for USD 2 million funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF). The project supports conflict-affected women members of the all-female cooperative in Puthukkudiyiruppu, Mullaithivu (Northern Province). The objective is to empower them economically and socially through social integration and opportunities for income generation with market linkage.

  • WFP jointly with the government conducted project appraisal missions on the resilience building sub-project proposals submitted by 13 districts. WFP provided technical assistance to enhance the quality of the projects. The appraisal missions also contributed to enhancing the capacity of the government counterpart staff at the sub-national level. The project implementation will begin in May in 13 districts.

  • WFP Sri Lanka for the first time provided consultancy service to the World Bank on drought impact analysis at Grama Niladari Division (local government level). The data generated from the service will be used for the WB’s climate smart agriculture. The consultancy service is worth USD 33,000 and will enable WFP to enhance PRISM (Platform for Real-Time Information and Situation Monitoring) – a smart, responsive information and service delivery platform that helps the government and WFP to improve the effectiveness of emergency preparedness to combat the effects of climate shocks.

  • The EPR Trust Fund funding of USD 109,000 from Australia will support WFP and the Government of Sri Lanka to develop the second phase of PRISM that enables fast-onset disaster impact analysis and capacity development on shock responsive safely nets. PRISM phase 1, already handed over to the Ministry of Disaster Management, enables monitoring of slow on-set disasters such as droughts.