Sri Lanka steps into Climate Smart Irrigated Agriculture

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Sri Lanka’s agriculture productivity and resilience will be improved with World Bank assistance to smallholder farmers living in climate “hotspot” areas to increase their access to irrigation and management of water resources, by adopting climate smart technologies, Finance Ministry sources said.

The World Bank Board of Directors recently approved a $125 million credit for Sri Lanka to improve the resilience and productivity of agriculture for more than 470,000 small farmers in 6 provinces in the dry zone of the country. The provinces selected are those that are most exposed to climate impacts.

Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters such as floods and droughts. ”

This project will support smallholder farmers living in climate “hotspot” areas to increase their access to irrigation and management of water resources, in conjunction with support to enable farmers to adopt climate smart technologies, resulting in increased agricultural productivity and improved access to markets.