Canada supports research to enhance food security in Sri Lanka


‘Canada is pleased to have contributed 1.16 million Canadian Dollars (138 million Sri Lankan rupees) towards research projects aimed at enhancing food security in Sri Lanka through the "Canadian International Food Security Research Fund". Conducted in collaboration with Sri Lankan, Canadian and scientists from other countries, the projects aim to greatly reduce fruit harvest losses with nano-technology applications, improve small holder aquaculture activities and promote small millet development.

‘The High Commissioner of Canada, Shelley Whiting was the Chief Guest at a stakeholder workshop held on June 23 to share the research findings of the three projects implemented with Canadian support by Sri Lanka’s Industrial Technology Institute, Wayamba University and the Arthacharya Foundation. The High Commissioner commended the scientists for their close partnership and use of participatory approaches to conduct scientist-farmer collaborative research focused on new technologies, value chains and policy options to strengthen food security. She noted that the decision to share the results of research with key policy makers in Sri Lanka would promote opportunities for faster use of new technologies and methods to the benefit of the whole population.

‘The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund, managed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is a 5-year, CAD $62 million fund, promoting collaboration among scientists from Canada and the developing world to produce sufficient, safe and nutritious food around the globe. It is one of Canada’s many development cooperation projects in Sri Lanka aimed at reducing poverty and improving the quality of people’s lives, a press release said.

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