Assistance for "Support for Sustainable Livelihood Recovery among the Conflict Affected Population in the North-East Regions of Sri Lanka through Improved Agricultural Productivity and Community-based Entrepreneurship" Project

July 31, 2006

  1. On the 31st of July (Monday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totaling 1,779,298 US dollars (approximately 192.26 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Support for Sustainable Livelihood Recovery among the Conflict Affected Population in the North-East Regions of Sri Lanka through Improved Agricultural Productivity and Community-based Entrepreneurship" that will be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
  2. More than twenty years of conflict in Sri Lanka condemned a large number of people in the North-East Regions to live in poverty, chronic food shortage and economic isolation. This project aims at recovering the livelihood of the affected people such as subsistence farmers, internal displaced people, returnees and women headed households to promote agricultural productivity and small business for reducing poverty. The following activities will be implemented;
    • Organizing Community Development Groups designed to help community members participate in community-based initiatives such as training sessions for activating entrepreneurship development;
    • Improving agricultural productivity through disseminating agricultural tools and organizing training programmes;
    • Providing training sessions for metalworking technicians, agro-related women entrepreneurs/ small groups and youth to increase job opportunities and generate incomes;
    • Developing human resources in cooperation with District Chambers of Commerce and Industry, vocational institutions and universities.
  3. This project is expected to assist sustainable recovery of the local economies in the North-East Regions of Sri Lanka.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen (US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported more than 150 projects from UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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