Bittergourd home garden , Sri Lanka © KEkaratne , 2009
This project had five objectives:
Although surrounded by rich environmental resources, fishing communities in the RUK area lack economic stability, gender equality and appropriate knowledge for development. The Meth Sith Development Organisation sought to address all three deficiencies by conducting awareness programmes on nature conservation, financial management and gender equality. It also aimed to promote alternative livelihood activities, specifically home gardening of pulses and vegetables such as ladies’ finger, millet, green gram, chilli, onion and cowpea.
Forty fisher families in the RUK area.
The project created 40 home gardens to provide extra income for poor fisher families. Through awareness programmes and other activities, the beneficiaries’ awareness of agricultural practices, financial management and gender equality was enhanced.
Forty fisher families were introduced to agriculture, which was a new experience for them but has served to raise household incomes and awareness of key local development issues.
Women in the fisher families were trained and assisted in planting their home gardens with various crops. The beneficiary families gained a regular supply of fresh vegetables, fruits and pulses, and were able to sell their surplus produce at the weekly village fair, bringing in extra income.
The main challenge was a severe drought that hindered growth of the home gardens.
This project sought to promote and improve gender equality amongst its beneficiary families, focusing on women as the managers of home gardens.
To maintain transparency, it is important to keep the local authority well-informed of ongoing village activities.
Rekawa, Ussangoda and Kalametiya (RUK) area, Sri Lanka
1st Feb 2009 to 30th Nov 2009
Meth Sith Development Organization
180/3, Fishery Harbour Road,
Tel: +94 71 6024847
“The project gave the beneficiaries food security and a pleasant environment.”
— MRS DHANESHWARI DAHANAYAKE,