Sri Lanka  

MDF Sri Lanka has benefitted


women and men


USD 7.7m

in additional income

and created 



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.

Inclusive growth

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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