The overall objective of the project is to secure community livelihoods and food security against climate change-induced rainfall variability leading to longer droughts and more intense rainfall.
To directly address these climate-induced impacts, the project proposes to;
- Develop household food security and build resilient livelihoods for rain-fed farming households
- Build institutional capacity in village, local, regional service delivery to reduce risks associated with climate-induced rainfall variability
The project will deliver tangible impacts on the ground that include increased local availability of food, livelihoods that can withstand current climate shocks, more information on risks and adaptive strategies, better connectivity to early warning and risk forecasting and, importantly, an efficient and informed agriculture extension service.
The outcomes and outputs are designed to address specific vulnerabilities faced by rain-dependent farmers; strategies to overcome dry season food and income security; introduction of diversified income sources to broad-base risk, improved water storage and irrigation to overcome uncertainty of rainfall, improved soil quality and fertility for increased production, and timely, quality agriculture advice and extension. The interventions were derived through field consultations held in three locations of the Mahaweli Basin.
The aim of the project is to deliver a menu of ‘no-regrets’ adaptive actions that will deliver substantial development benefits while addressing the specific climate related vulnerabilities identified through field surveys and secondary data analysis.