Sri Lanka  

MDF Sri Lanka has benefitted


women and men


USD 15,091,000

in additional income

and created


full-time jobs

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 specialty coffee, seafood and high value agriculture. 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 the country’s poorest. In Mannar alone, MDF’s partners have created over 300 jobs for women in seafood processing. Within the organic spices and herbs sector, MDF’s work has led to increased income for over 780 farmers, including 380 backyard women farmers in the Southern, Central and Uva provinces, many of whom did not have access to a market earlier.   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.   MDF is enabling information provision for farmers via globally competitive initiatives such as digitisation, introducing efficient business models to increase productivity and connecting the private sector directly to smallholder farming communities to increase incomes. 

Our activities

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Webinar: The Business Case for Climate Change Adaptation for Agribusinesses

X-Press Pearl Disaster: An Initial Look at Impacts and Responses

MDF and Biomass Supplies partner to promote sustainable agro-energy

MEDIA RELEASE Australia's MDF and Biomass Supplies partner to promote sustainable agro-energy and improve rural Livelihood. The Australian Government-funded Market Development Facility (MDF) has partners with

Colombo Coffee Company

Colombo Coffee Company (CCC) is the largest local arabica coffee seller to Sri Lanka’s Hotel, Restaurant and Café (HORECA) market and the only front-end barista coffee

Ella Coffee Cooperative

Ella Coffee Cooperative (ECC) is a joint venture formed between Soul Coffee (Private) Limited and Amba Estate (Private) Limited. Soul Coffee (Pvt) Ltd was incorporated in

Helanta Coffee

Royawin Ceylon International (RCI) emerged as an off-shoot of the Japan Fairtrade Congradulate, a farmer-cooperative-based NGO. RCI’s core business involves business-to-business green bean and roasted coffee

Systemic Change in Sri Lanka Crab Sector

The following case study tells the story of how the Blue Swimming Crab (BSC) market in Northern Sri Lanka evolved from an uncompetitive sector with limited

Mark Occhilupo’s visit to Arugam Bay

1999 World Champ Mark Occhilupo and pro surfer Tory Gilkerson tour Sri Lanka's Kumana National Park and tell us their thoughts. Click on the link below

The return of Sri Lankan coffee

Sri Lanka used to be one of the world's biggest coffee producers. Until around 1869, when the "Devastating Emily" blight wiped out the whole crop. Coffee

 Connecting Producers to the Market

It is 2018 and Sri Lanka is strengthening it presence in the world economy. Tourism is booming and exports are slowly strengthening. Visitors to the island

A day in the life of an MDF Business Adviser

Meet Dulanga Witharanage -  A Business Adviser at MDF Sri Lanka. "I work with the Authentic ro Lankan Goods team here. In Addition to my role

Authentic Sri Lankan Goods

Improving Authentic Sri Lanka Goods Constraints address include Limited access to information production know how, Limited access to inputs, Limited access to premium markets & High

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