Sri Lanka

WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, November 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Emergency response to the victims of cyclone Roanu, using the Government’s social safety net ‘Divineguma’ for cash-based transfers for the first time, successfully concluded.
  • Lessons learnt workshop was conducted to pave the way forward for a joint potential agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and WFP on implementing strengthened emergency response, using cash-based transfers through the Government’s safety net programme.

WFP Assistance

The objective of the Country Programme (CP) is to transition towards providing a more holistic support to the government’s efforts to address hunger and malnutrition and build resilience to climate-related shocks. The CP is implemented in partnership with government ministries, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

The CP aligns with the Government’s commitment to achieve SDG 2 ‘Zero Hunger’ and the UN Development Assistance Framework cycle 2013-2017.

The goals of the CP are to:

  • Reduce undernutrition among children under 5 and pregnant and nursing women;
  • Increase food intake and school attendance among primary schoolchildren in food-insecure areas;
  • Enhance vulnerable households’ resilience to shocks and facilitate adaptation to climate change; and
  • Increase government capacities to address food and nutrition insecurity.

Through the School Meals Programme, WFP provides nutritious mid-morning meals to 160,000 school children in the Northern Province, contributing to increased attendance and retention rates and improved learning performance.

WFP supports resilience building against climate shocks through adaptation measures to improve food and nutrition security for the climate shock-affected communities.

WFP also focuses on the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition through targeted supplementary feeding for children aged 6-59 months using Super Cereal Plus, a nutritious corn-soya blend.

Other projects:

Scaling-Up Nutrition through a Multi Sector Approach: WFP and FAO support the Government in implementing its Multi-Sectoral Action Plan on Nutrition. The action plan includes conducting nutrition baseline surveys, promoting food fortification and supporting policy formulation. The joint programme is funded by the Spanish Cooperation through the Sustainable Development Goal Fund (SDG-F).

WFP provides technical support to the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine to enhance the impact of Thriposha, a nutritious, locally fortified blended food.

Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) – People’s Forum: WFP supports the Government’s advocacy effort to promote nutrition for the first 1000 days of a child through partnership with Save the Children and civil society.

Through the Climate Change Adaptation Project, WFP assists 14,000 farming families in the Mahaweli River Basin.

The Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT) aims to enhance food security among vulnerable subsistence lagoon fishermen and women’s groups through improved livelihoods in the least resilient communities.