Grants :: Small Grant Facilities :: Improve livelihood income generation to vulnerable families through crop cultivation at the border of Batticaloa lagoon for conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystem
home gardening in Batticaloa , Batticaloa © IUCN/Kumudini Ekaratne, 2012
Improving income generation of affected people on the eastern coast.
Batticaloa, on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, has been repeatedly affected not only by recurring natural disasters (the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004 and the floods of January 2001), but also by the decades’ long civil unrest. Disasters have destroyed large extents of cropland. Widows and disabled people are particularly disadvantaged by these recurring disasters, and have few options to recover from such setbacks.
This project is designed to provide income-generating livelihoods to selected disadvantaged and vulnerable persons.
• Two hundred chilli, brinjal (aubergine) and tomato seedlings; as well as ten coconut, banana and papaya plants were planted in a total area of nearly 2.5 hectares, with
• A three-day crop cultivation training programme was conducted for 20 widows.
• Twenty sets of planting equipment (mammoties, rakes, water buckets and watering cans) were distributed among these beneficiaries. Also provided were fence posts (360) and barbed wire (20 rolls) to repair fences.
20 women trained in crop cultivation.
20 home gardens.
• Even with this 40% failure of growth of seedlings, each beneficiary earns an average of about 31.5 USD (4,200 LKR) extra income per month.
• About 60% success was observed in the growth of the seedlings.
• On average, each beneficiary harvests about 25 kg of brinjal, 30 kg of chilli and 25 kg of tomato every three months.
• The market price of harvested crops was high during the harvesting period, except for tomato. The excess harvest has been marketed. In addition, 15 of the 20 beneficiaries have also cultivated cucumber and water melon. These seasonal crops bring an extra USD 3-7 (LKR 5000-1,000) per day.
All 20 beneficiaries were women - mostly women headed families.
1st May 2012 to 30th Apr 2012
Grantee: LKR 53,000
Community: LKR 70,000
" I planted 200 chillie plants and harvestd 3,050 kg and the income enabled me to pay for the wedding reception of my daughter" Mrs P Pushpanayagam