Sri Lanka

WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, September 2020

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In Numbers

45 percent of women in the reproductive age group are overweight or obese

33 percent of pregnant and lactating women are anaemic

US$ 46,040 paid as cash-based transfers in September 2020

694 participants (2,776 beneficiaries) assisted through cash-based transfers in resilience projects for September 2020

US$ 0.88 million – four months net funding requirement (October 2020 – March 2021)

Situation Updates

• By the end of September, the number of COVID-19 cases was at 3,374, with no reports of community transmission.
Twelve people had died from the disease since the first case in March, and 3,230 patients had recovered.

• A fire on board a crude oil tanker off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka posed a major threat of an oil spill, and the Sri Lankan and Indian military jointly launched operations to control the hazard, supported by the Russian military and the ship owners from Kuwait. After several days, the fire was successfully contained and the oil leakage prevented, with minimal impact to the marine environment.

Operational Updates

• As part of the medium-term socio-economic response for COVID-19, WFP continues to support 54,000 rural farming families in Moneragala, Batticaloa, Mullaitivu, Mannar, and Matale districts, with nutritious seed packages through the Saubagya National Programme for cultivating home gardens. WFP helps with subsidising and distributing the packages to the families, in addition to community asset creation support through its rural resilience project, helping to mitigate the COVID-19 induced economic slowdown and disruption to farming activities.

• The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network in Sri Lanka had their quarterly meeting in-person (having postponed previous meetings due to COVID-19) with participants from the private sector and other government and civil society organizations. FAO delivered the keynote address on food systems. The workshops also focused on workplace health and nutrition, and internal communication on nutrition, with members indicating their willingness to implement these ideas in their organisations. The discussions generated interest in future areas that the members plan to explore and work together on.

• WFP is supporting the “UN75” campaign commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. WFP’s support includes webinars on key topics impacting the country, a coffee table book featuring influencers’ and other voices, and the dissemination of the global survey.
Along with FAO and UNDP, WFP is co-hosting a webinar on the Climate Crisis: Food and Water Insecurity