Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with Diocesan Caritas Kurunegala – Janasetha organized a training workshop on Advocacy and Lobbying for the lead farmers of the Food Security Programme recently.

The one-day event held on 13th March 2019 at the Jansetha Centre was facilitated by Mr. Chintaka Rajapakse, Moderator from the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) and Mr. Ismail A Azeez, General Manager of International Institute of Development Training (IIDT) (Pvt) Ltd.

The prime objectives of this workshop was to create an awareness on the definition and scope of advocacy and lobbying, identify causes for poverty, identify problems/ issues related to agriculture, understanding what steps need to be taken when planning an advocacy campaign and to learn how to solve community problems.
At the workshop, an introduction to the Food Security Project and a brief on “Why we do Advocacy and Lobbying” was presented by Ms. Nilani Tissera, National Programme Coordinator, Food Security Programme of Caritas Sri Lanka.

Mr. Chintaka Rajapakse in his interactive presentation focussed on the aspects such as: what is advocacy, why is it important to understand the issue[s], ingredients for effective advocacy and identification of problems. Meanwhile, Mr. Azeez in his discussions focussed on the analysis of problem, importance of lobbying and connecting the advocacy to action.

A group of 32 members of Food Security staff and the lead farmers received training under this workshop.