Sri Lanka Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development Activity
Sri Lankan farmers are getting linked with buyers, financing, training, and inputs to sustainably increase incomes and improve nutrition in an effort to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Severe weather conditions, minimal connections to the private sector, and a lack of training represent challenges that have prevented smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka from increasing their agriculture outputs. Without a strong foundation of outputs, these rural communities cannot move from subsistence farming to small-scale commercial production. The USAID Sri Lanka Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development (SOLID) activity — a pilot under the Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices project — promoted livelihood development among farmers who work in the dairy, poultry, and horticulture sectors. The activity shared good agricultural practices and focuses on women, youth, and vulnerable populations, training these groups in agribusiness tactics that strengthened livelihoods and productivity. In turn, the activity promoted good nutrition among farmers and their families.