Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $11.75 million in new assistance to support Sri Lankans experiencing a food security and economic crisis.
In a recent appeal to international donors, the United Nations warned of a “multidimensional food security crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka. In response, USAID is providing more than $5.75 million in humanitarian assistance to address the deteriorating food security situation, support early recovery, and reduce risk , and resilience initiatives in vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka These programs will distribute cash assistance to enable tens of thousands of crisis-affected people to meet their basic needs immediately. USAID humanitarian programs will also support disaster risk reduction, shelter, agriculture, and livelihood activities, including It provides agricultural inputs to Sri Lankan farmers for the upcoming planting season to enhance long-term food security.
USAID will also provide $6 million in development assistance to support small agricultural productivity and microenterprises in marginalized and vulnerable communities that traditionally suffer from high poverty rates and are particularly affected by the economic crisis. In addition, it will support Sri Lanka’s economic reforms, public sector efficiency, and better resource management.
The United States government, as evidenced by its assistance through the United States Agency for International Development, is committed to supporting the Sri Lankan people through this difficult period. We will continue to explore ways to help meet their immediate and long-term needs, and we will continue the ongoing efforts that promote sustainable economic growth, promote inclusiveness, strengthen governance, and foster a free and prosperous Sri Lanka. To learn more about USAID’s work in Sri Lanka, please visit https://www.usaid.gov/sri-lanka.