WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, November 2018

from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Nov 2018

In Numbers

  • 15 percent of children under age 5 have moderately acute malnourishment, rates of which have remained stagnant over the last 10 years.

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

  • US$ 1.05 m six months in net funding requirements (Dec 2018 – May 2019)

Operational Updates

On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, WFP and UNFPA embarked on a new joint project to improve women’s nutrition and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment by providing critical information and services on sexual and reproductive health, nutrition and food security over the next year. The project is made possible thanks to the generous contribution (USD 458,000) by the Government of Denmark. The project will assist communities in six districts that focus on the development of women entrepreneurs through initiatives to enhance their skills and boost their incomes. In addition, the project will aim to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services which would enable the prevention of human rights violations such as gender-based violence. Link to press release

  • WFP supported the National Food Promotion Board with meetings and workshops in November to raise awareness about fortified rice (iron and folic acid) linked to the national school meals programme, thus boosting nutrition amongst school children. This was a pre-awareness measure as the project starts broader fortified rice distribution in January 2019.

  • WFP continued to support the National Disaster Relief Services Centre to develop scenario based contingency plans in 12 out of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka exposed to Northeast monsoonal floods. WFP also provided technical assistance to the Disaster Management Centre on the emergency preparedness plan to combat the effects of the Northeast monsoon.