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Investing in rural people in Sri Lanka
March 2018

IFAD has been one of Sri Lanka’s longest-standing development partners over the last 40 years.

In 1978, the Kirindi Oya Irrigation and Settlement Project was launched as IFAD’s first investment in the country. The goal was to increase food production, provide employment opportunities and raise rural incomes. Altogether, IFAD has implemented 18 projects in Sri Lanka, for a total cost of US$576.1 million, benefiting more than 614,830 households.

Today, IFAD continues to actively engage in Sri Lanka, with investments aimed at contributing to the achievement of the SDGs, specifically in the areas of food security, sustainable agricultural production and productivity, and improved income opportunities for rural households.