Sri Lanka - Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project (STARR) – December 2021
Mihindupala lives with his three daughters and wife. Upali, is married and the father of five, four daughters and a son. Mihindupala and Upali, who are great friends, decided to join forces and started a micro-enterprise that produces organic fertiliser. Through STaRR, they received funding and training to build their business.
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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