With the support of USAID, the Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) is implementing Sustainable Interventions in Livelihoods in Kilinochchi (SILK) project in the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.
The district of Kilinochchi was severely affected by the war that lasted for three decades. People were subjected to multiple displacements and lost their livelihoods. Surveys conducted revealed that even after resettlement they have received limited support to re-build their lives. The local civil society organizations are just emerging and are not as vibrant as CBOs and NGOs in other parts of the country. Therefore they need to be strengthened to support the communities they are working with.
This project intends to rebuild the lives of re-settled families in 40 marginalized villages in 4 divisions in the district of Kilinochchi. Number of families targeted by the project is 960. They will be selected, trained, given support for integrated livelihood projects for engaging in conservation farming and dairy farming. This will help sustain their livelihood projects.
The project uses participatory methods (e.g. participatory rural appraisal, focus group discussion, participatory self-monitoring and participatory evaluation) in all stages such as planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of implementation to ensure accountability and transparency to all stakeholders and works in partnership with existing CBOs and NGOs in the respective locations. They are Women Rural Development Societies (WRDS), Rural Development Societies, Farmer Organizations and Livestock Breeders’ Cooperative Societies (LIBCOs) in the District. On the other hand, the project will work in close collaboration with Divisional Secretaries in the respective Divisions, District Secretary and respective Government Departments related to agriculture, animal husbandry and environment.
The project will take extra measures to support female headed households and differently abled as they are the more vulnerable. Some infrastructure development activities such as rehabilitation of small irrigation tanks, construction of rainwater harvesting tanks, clearing domestic wells are expected with community involvement to help sustain family farms and provide safe drinking water. Also, the project will provide support for the construction of refrigerated milk collecting centres and farmer families will be trained in making dairy based home made products such as curd, yoghurt and ghee. SLCDF will facilitate Farmer Organizations building linkages at village level with LIBCOs and Milco and Nestle. The capacity building programmes and networking would pave the way for the empowered local CBOs to continue the process subsequent to the completion of the project.
The outcomes of all these activities will be as follows:-
• 960 families have taken up integrated livelihood projects (Dairy farming combined with conservation farming) as a sustainable livelihood by end of 2016.
• 40 farmer groups have been formed into clusters and strengthened to link up with 4 divisional LIBCOs and district LIBCO, Nestle, Milco, Lucky Lanka Milk, retailers and local processors for marketing and technical support.
• Technical know-how for value addition provided to 275 farmer families for dairy based products. Two milk collecting centres well equipped with refrigeration facilities owned and operated by Farmer Organizations that provide better services to dairy farmers.
• Strengthening the existing WRDSs, RDSs, Farmer Organizations and LIBCOs by capacity building and empowerment programmes and promote networking among these organizations.
The SILK project funded by USAID with the generous support from the American people will be executed by SLCDF in partnership with Government agencies, Private sector, NGOs and CBOs as mentioned above.