Assistance for "Support to the Livelihood Rehabilitation for Conflict Affected People Engaged in Agriculture in North and East Sri-Lanka" Project

October 31, 2005

  1. On the 31st of October (Monday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,309,793.10 US dollars (approximately 141.46 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Support to the Livelihood Rehabilitation for Conflict Affected People Engaged in Agriculture in North and East Sri-Lanka" that will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
  2. This project aims at supporting former internally displaced people (IDP) as well as other vulnerable groups in the Sri Lankan communities in Ampara, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi and Trincomalee to re-establish their former livelihood in farming. The major activities are as follows:
    • Strengthening farmers' organisations and implementing empowerment projects for women;
    • Improving physical production infrastructure, including the rehabilitation of irrigation facilities, and its management;
    • Increasing crop productivity through technique and knowledge transfer;
    • Promoting income generating activities including small-scale livestock, inland fisheries, agro-forestry and agro-processing.
  3. This project is expected to contribute to rehabilitating the livelihood of IDP returnee families as well as other vulnerable groups in Sri Lanka, the success of which may favourably affect the on-going peace process.

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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 29 billion yen (US$ 256 million). The Trust Fund has supported projects from more than 130 UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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