Hambantota, November 10 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations constructed 5 model horticulture nurseries to enhance the livelihoods of more than 350 tsunamiaffected women. This livelihoods component of the FAO tsunami emergency relief and rehabilitation programme is part of two projects funded by the Italian Cooperation and the Italian Civil Protection Department.
"Community horticulture nurseries enable women's farmer's organizations to establish benefit schemes for their members and thus help women and their households to become more food secure and earn extra income." said FAO Horticulture Expert, Giuseppe De Bac The five model nurseries were built by women's groups with FAO technical support in Rekawa, Wadunruppuwa, Walaw and Yodakandyia. The nurseries are made by local available material and they can easily be constructed and replicated by other communities. They are designed to produce fruit, vegetable seedlings and ornamental plants.
Close to 150 women from the four women's farm organisations will be trained to ensure the sustainability of the nurseries. The training component foresees the training of trainers in nursery management and marketing. These trainers will then pass on the skills learnt through practical "hands on" training of the beneficiaries.
FAO is the UN's coordinating agency for the rehabilitation of the fisheries and agriculture sectors in Sri Lanka. Whilst FAO and the Sri Lankan government's immediate priority following the tsunami disaster has been to get the fishers fishing and farmers farming again as soon as possible, the longer-term strategy is to improve the sectors as a whole with a view to raising the incomes of coastal communities.
For more information contact Mona Chaya, FAO Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Coordinator in Sri Lanka Tel: 011-2689363 / 4