COVID-19 FAIRTRADE EMERGENCY INITIATIVES IN SRI LANKA Funded By THE German Ministry For Economic Cooperation And Development (BMZ)
The impact of COVID-19 has shaken the entire world. Irrespective of the economic challenges the outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed the health and wellbeing of farmers and workers to extreme vulnerability. The farming community continues to remain on the frontline ensuring food security for the population while they battle against lost income, increased poverty, and lack of access to healthcare facilities.
While the challenges continue to mount, the Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP) team remain active on the ground with the implementation of various Relief and Resilience activities to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of the Fairtrade farmers and workers in the Asia and Pacific Region.
In Sri Lanka to address the short-term and long term needs of the Fairtrade Producer Organisations, several Relief and Resilience activities are being implemented under the ‘COVID-19 Fairtrade Emergency Initiative’ funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).
- Relief Activities Fairtrade Sri Lankan Labour Plantations
The Relief activities will be carried out in 3 phases for the distribution of i) protective gear and medical equipment and ii) stationery packs for children in 25 tea estates, followed by the distribution of iii) dry ration food packs for workers in Strathdon estate of Hatton Plantation.
- Relief and Economic Recovery Activities in Fairtrade Small Producer Organisations
In Sri Lanka 200 smallholder farmer families in 2 cooperatives have been provided with water purifiers for access to clean drinking water. In addition, to support small-scale farmers, economic recovery support will be further provided such as setting up of composting facilities (equipment and inputs) and vegetable nurseries (equipment and inputs). The activities will cover 8862 beneficiaries.