Sri Lanka - Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization Project (STARR) – December 2021
Sudath Sisirakumara, a father of two, has been a farmer for more than three and a half decades having started as a child. Despite this, he is still growing and expanding is knowledge.
Through the STARR project, he was introduced to CO3 grass, which is used to reduce the time between plantings and to replenish the soil before replanting tea. "As much as I hope for my children to have their own dreams - I also hope that at least one of them will carry on my legacy " - Sudath
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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