Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security unit (SA&FS)

Caritas Sri Lanka is using different strategies to empower the social and economic wellbeing of the poor and marginalized people in Sri Lanka. The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Unit of Caritas has been established to promote sustainable agriculture to ensure food security for poor and marginalized populations by aiming to create food access, availability, utilization, and stability. Through this integrated approach, the following three main outcomes are expected to be achieved through our work: a healthy environment, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.

A visit to perceive the impact of the FS Program – Caritas Vanni – HUDEC

Caritas Sri Lanka encourages small-holder farmers to ameliorate their capacity and attentiveness to be resilient to food insecurity over a decade. Caritas Norway / NORAD-funded Food Security Program is being a pillar of strength for the communities to enhance the self-sufficient family economy at the grassroots level. Recently the CSL team visited random target locations

Resolving conflict within the family towards a conflict-free community.

We experience conflict in every stage of our life. The ability to resolve conflicts with one another is a critical life skill, especially in today’s disruptive society. Looking for ways to resolve a conflict that meets the needs of both parties is challenging. Taking this matter into consideration, Caritas Sri Lanka –SEDEC jointly with Caritas Chilaw organized

Training on sustainable Pond Fish farming for enhancing Food Security and Nutrition

“Fish” contribute significantly to the protein intake of the people of Sri Lanka with 70 percent of the annual protein consumption being derived from fish. According to the statistics, Freshwater fishery contributes about 20% of the total fish production of the country. Aquaculture in Sri Lanka is based on pond fish culture and seasonal village

Case study 1 – Proposed Village Knowledge Centre at Minukkan Village – Mannar

“I was so impressed with this VKC model to render distant services from a single window point to rural masses of remote areas” -Issatheen- Village Focal Point / Key local driver for knowledge service   Issatheen is one of our passionate smallholder farmers and retired government worker from Minukkan Village, – Mannar who has joined

Aron Halfen from Caritas Norway Visited Caritas’ Food Security Program

Mr. Aron Halfen, Senior Advisor, Caritas Norway visited the Food Security program field locations in Chilaw, Mannar, Jaffna, Vanni and Kandy on 17th to 22nd November 2021 accompanied by the Rev. Father Mahendra Gunatilleke, National Director, Mr. Priyantha Fernando, Program Manager, Mrs. Nilani Tissera, National Program Coordinator, and Mr. Nishanth, Regional Coordinator (North & East) from Caritas

Caritas Sri Lanka Network Commemorates WORLD FOOD DAY – 16 October 2021

“OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE ”Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”  World Food Day was created by the UN in 1979, recognizing food as not a privilege but a right. It’s a day to draw attention to the hungry and the undernourished, and to ensure healthy diets for all. Caritas

Fertilizer issue grabs attention by Caritas Sri Lanka

The Government’s new policy decision to go for organic farming with a rigid ‘no’ to chemical fertilizer and other agrochemicals has moved to a new controversial debate in the country. In such a situation, under the guidance  of Rev. Fr. Mahendra Gunatilleke, National Director, CSL the National Food Security Division, CSL conducted a National level Webinar on

The Caritas Food Security Program – one of the great impacts on Sri Lankan farming households during the lockdown

Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is implementing this program by aiming to safeguard food security for subsistence farmer households in urban & rural poor and marginalized communities inclusive of war widows, women, youth, school children, pre-school children and their mothers by switching over to sustainable agricultural practices and to protect them from malnourishment by 2022. The program

Food Security Program built its Capacity by training staff of Food Security program and Lead farmers on key advocacy and Lobbying skills.

A  capacity building training was  organized under the program of “Addressing causes for poverty and ensuring food security for farming communities” implemented by Sustainable Agriculture Unit, Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC, in order to address one of the key objectives- ‘Communities are mobilized and the civil society organizations are agents of change’.  The main focus of this

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME- in the light of ‘Laudato Si’

Tree Planting Ceremony at St. Joseph Vaz Shrineat Mahagalgamuwa  “Planting trees to combat global warming; Planting trees to save the environment.”  The surrounding area of the National Shrine of St. Joseph Vaz was alive with the smiling faces of the youth from the area carrying banners and placards on the benefits of planting trees in a procession

Emergence of the food security program amidst COVID -19 challenge to defeat Hunger

“No one should die of Hunger-End Hunger by 2025”- Pope Francis Caritas Sri Lanka –SEDEC is implementing the program “Addressing causes for poverty and ensuring food security for farming communities” by aiming to switch over to sustainable agricultural practices through development of Home gardens with the support of Caritas Norway/NORAD. This program is implemented in

NORWEGIAN AMBASSADOR VISITS CARITAS’ FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM IN THE KANDY DIOCESE

On the invitation of Rev. Fr. Mahendra Gunatilleke, National Director, H.E. Trine JØranli Eskedal, Ambassador of Norway visited the Food Security program field location in Galaha, Kandy on 17 October 2019 accompanied by Malraji Wanniarachchi, Seniour Advisor, Development and Thilini Kahandawaarachchi, Political Advisor, from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. As a result of the strong partnership

World Food Day 2019

Caritas Sri Lanka network commemorated the World Food Day 2019 on 16th October 2019 at Caritas Sri Lanka –SEDEC. This year WFD is being observed under the theme “Our Actions Are Our Future Healthy Diets for A# Zero Hunger World.” The opening ceremony commenced with the Holy Eucharistic celebrated by Rev. Fr. Desmond Perera, Diocesan

Visit of Mr. Aron Halfen, Programme Adviser of Caritas Norway

Mr. Aron Halfen, Programme Adviser of Caritas Norway visited Sri Lanka on 13 August 2019 to review the progress of the island-wide Religious Amity and Food Security Programmes supported by NORAD, through Caritas Norway. Mr. Aron has made a visit to Jaffna and met with the families who are beneficiaries of the “addressing causes for

Visit of Ms. Martha Rubiano Secretary General of Caritas Norway.

Ms. Martha Rubiano, Secretary-General of Caritas Norway visited places of Easter Sunday terror attack including  St. Anthony’s Shrine at Kochikade in Colombo and St.Sebestian’s  Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo on Friday 16th August 2019 and met victims of the Easter Sunday attack.  Rev. Fr. Jude Raj Fernando the administrator of St. Anthony’s Shrine and Rev. Fr.

Biannual Review meeting of Food security program

Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC carried out a Biannual Review meeting of Food Security program on 18th and 19th of July 2019 at the SEDEC Auditorium. “Addressing Causes for Poverty and Ensuring Food Security for Farming Communities”  is a Caritas Norway / NORAD funded agricultural supportive program which is being implemented through our Diocesan network,

Training on Nutrition for Mothers of Pre-School Children

Nutrition is an element that we tend to bypass even though everyone knows about the importance and impacts of it. As our consumptions patterns have changed drastically over the years due to various influences, many old and young in Sri Lanka continue to face numerous physical, mental and social challenges such as deficiencies or excesses