Help poor farming communities in Sri Lanka recover from conflict
Drawing on nearly 25 years of experience in Sri Lanka Oxfam is helping farmers displaced by the conflict to re-establish their livelihoods. Through rebuilding water and irrigation infrastructure and training farmers - the majority of whom are women - agricultural and business development skills, we will help them to establish profitable enterprises. Through challenging social preconceptions of women we will also increase their status.
With your support we aim to:
- Help returning families to re-establish their farms and be able to earn a living, by improving water and irrigation systems;
- Raise the status and incomes of farmers, especially women, by improving, developing, and diversifying their produce;
- Increase market opportunities for farmers by supporting the development of farm enterprises, and engaging with agricultural companies and banks.
Who will benefit
Over three years, 3,600 people will directly benefit from the improved water infrastructure, training and support to re-establish their livelihoods and so improve their incomes. Indirectly, 10,000 people will benefit from improved management of water systems, and better access to markets and services. Increased production will help to revitalise the local economy and inspire spin-off businesses.