Fight to poverty through the development of organic farming in the districts of Ampara and Kandy
Sri Lanka, once known as Ceylon, is an island state located in the Indian Ocean and separated from Southern India by a sea channel known as Palk Straits.
The relations between Tamils and Sinhalese are still troubled following historical events which resulted in subjugation of Tamil culture by the Sinhalese one (in the 50s) causing high resentment among people belonging to the former. Reactions to such events always resulted in hard clashes between the two factions leading, besides many casualties and displaced people, to economic collapse notably in the tourist sector.
Though the primary resource of Sri Lanka is remittance by workers migrated to the Near East and Europe,the economy of the country is still based on agriculture; key crops include tea, rubber, coconuts and spices.
The project promoted long-term sustainable development actions based on support to one of the key sectors of the economy (agriculture). Its integrated approach, supporting the diversification of products (organic rice and vegetable farming, organic husbandry and excellence productions) and market outlets (local, domestic and international markets), also considered the tourism industry as a factor of sustainability in the project strategy for the diversification of income sources for the beneficiary populations.