Sri Lanka - Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project (STARR) – December 2021
Tea leaves drying at a tea processing plant.
Tea is the most popular manufactured drink consumed in the world, equalling all others – including coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol – combined. Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest producer of tea, and teas branded “Ceylon” (as Sri Lanka was previously known) meet the Sri Lanka Tea Board’s quality standards. The sector directly or indirectly employs over 1 million people, and smallholder farmers produce the majority of Sri Lankan tea.
The IFAD-funded Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project aims to improve food security, increase incomes, and strengthen the resilience of poor rural people in Sri Lanka, all while ensuring that the smallholders are the key decision-makers of the project. By promoting organization among smallholders to produce and market tea, supporting them in improving rubber production and processing, seeking a better link to markets, and facilitating smallholders’ access to rural financing, this project will benefit approximately 32,000 smallholder households.
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