MDF Sri Lanka has benefitted
women and men
in additional income
Our work in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, MDF’s focus is on promoting resilient tourism and supporting authentic Sri Lankan products which promote the country. These include coffee, seafood and organic herb and spices. Tourism and authentic Sri Lankan products are outward-looking sectors that have the potential to benefit people across the island.
Sri Lanka’s economy has steadily grown since the end of its 30-year civil conflict in 2009. Health and education outcomes have improved significantly, and poverty has declined. Despite these gains, a large proportion of the Sri Lankan population is still vulnerable to poverty. Private sector-led growth in inclusive, export-oriented sectors is essential for Sri Lanka to continue its transition into a middle-income country.
MDF’s work in Sri Lanka has contributed to transformative impact for fishing households in the former conflict zones of the North and East, which are among the country’s poorest districts. In Mannar alone, MDF’s partners have created over 300 jobs for women in seafood processing.
MDF has supported innovations in the giant freshwater supply chain, creating access to tourism and export markets for inland-fishing communities. The program has also launched new adventure and community-based tourism products across different destinations in Sri Lanka and is helping the private sector with organisation.
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Playlist: Mark Occhilupo visits Arugam Bay
The return of Sri Lankan coffee
Coffee is making a comeback in the tea-drinking nation
Connecting producers to the market
The Sri Lankan economy is built on traditional industries – and those working in them.
Authentic Sri Lankan goods
A sector on a page
Tourism in Sri Lanka
A sector on a page
Tourism recovery after a terrorist attack
MDF Sri Lanka explores the global experience of post-crisis recovery
The women weavers reviving traditional handlooms in Sri Lanka
Organic spices and herbs connecting women farmers to big markets
Giant prawns contributing to rural livelihoods
Community-driven wildlife tourism in the untapped East