Transforming Marginalized Communities for Sustainable Development in Mullaitivu District

Signing of agreement
Women in agriculture

SLCDF in its efforts to assist the marginalised communities in the North, welcomed the opportunity to implement the Diakonia (international NGO – Sri Lanka office) funded project with the NGO, Yougasakthy Women Federation. The NGO works mostly with women headed households and differently abled families, to increase productivity and income through integrated livelihood projects for sustainability. Through this project 148 families of the four clusters of Vanaruvi, Alaimagal, Poonthendral and Ilanthalir of Yougasakthy Women Federation would be assisted to restart their livelihoods in dairy farming, conservation farming and other income generating projects in Oddusuddan and Puthukudiyiruppu DS Divisions with the help of various government institutions.

This 12 month project begun in February 2013, initially training on Community mobilization in March for 51 participants was completed. Thereafter, for Cornerstones training and Technical training in dairy farming 45 persons and 24 participated respectively in the training held in May and June. Conservation farming training is yet to be carried out. NGO Management Development Centre has been assigned to perform training and capacity building services. Department of Animal Production and Health, Department of Agriculture and Government Veterinary Surgeon’s office are involved in the project giving their professional input in the respective fields. SLCDF staff too are participating actively in the project. Twenty eight families assisted for conservation farming and other income generation projects such as small business and sewing have already commenced their activities. With the simple basic knowledge given in the social mobilization training the conservation farming beneficiaries cultivated their home gardens and are awaiting to reap their harvest.

The district was worst affected by the thirty year conflict ended in May 2009. People were subjected to multiple displacements and all lost their livelihoods. The selected families for this project earn a meagre income from casual labour or depend on Government welfare programmes. They are experienced farmers in dairying and crop agriculture but have not had the opportunity to engage in economic development activities due to lack of opportunities for participation.