Monaragala, Aug 10 (BAN/ AD): United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have started a programme of Rs. 1.06 billion (US$ 6 million) to build resilience of communities against the impact of natural disasters.
WFP director said “The damages caused by the current dry spell and the preceding years of cycles of floods and droughts, clearly demonstrate the need to build capacities of rural farming families against climate shocks.”
Kang Youn Hwa, KOICA Country Director in Sri Lanka said “This year Sri Lanka has been officially recognized as an upper middle income country, marking a new stage of prosperity and development for the country. However, KOICA shares the same concern with the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the small pockets of poverty still present in the Island.”
The project will benefit 13 districts in building and livelihood support. The project duration is 2 years.